Lake News Online reported today that Republican candidate for governor Dave Spence backed out at the last minute from a planned event with the Lake Area Conservative Club. According to the report, the Spence campaign claimed “that the club was not honest with them when setting up the appearance. The campaign was under the impression that Spence would be the only candidate to attend.”
Spence’s rival for the Republican nomination for governor, Bill Randles, was quick to criticize candidate Spence for his absence. During an appearance on 104.1 FM KSGF Mornings with Nick Reed, Randles stated “If you are so unconfident about your candidate that he will not appear with another Republican in front of Republican crowds, how in the world do you think he is ready to stand up in front of the media and the Democrats and Jay Nixon.”
Spence also drew heat from the Camdenton Tea Party in an email blast sent out this morning. Below is the email from the Tea Party group for your reading pleasure.
From: Camdenton Tea Party
Date: June 13, 2012 7:30:24 AM CDT
Subject: Randles to Speak at Lake Area Conservative Club