Missouri Jobs with Justice held their two "Scrooge of the Year" Elections in St. Louis and Kansas City recently.
In St. Louis, Hall-of-Famed Chessmaster Billionaire Lobbyist Rex Sinquefield got the most votes and was elected Scrooge of the year. This seems fitting that the guy who regularly buys politicians and laws wins an election where 1$ = 1 vote.
Rep Todd Akin came in second (this is likely prophetic of his Senate run in 2012), but brought in big votes. Incidentally, the same day as the Scrooge elections, concerned citizens went to Akin's office to pray for the extension of unemployment benefits.
State Senator Luann "Lay-off" Ridgeway took down the Scrooge crown in Kansas City. Introducing "Right to Work for Less" (SB 1) this year, fighting to end Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and working to outlaw the Affordable Care Act are some of the reasons she was nominated and was elected. Other fun nicknames for the Scroogette include the "Queen of Mean" and Luann "Right to Work (for Less)" Ridgeway.
"Calamity" Jane Cunningham finished up with nearly a thousand votes and was runner-up in the Kansas City Scrooge elections. Jane was nominated for many reasons - "Crazy Jane" earned national notoriety for filing legislation that would put Missouri's children back to work; when it comes to Health Care, Jane has been "American Legislative Exchange Council's (ALEC) Little Helper" who cares about corporate interests, always at the expense of real American people.
Bringing back the memories of our favorite anti-union, anti-99% politicians from the year has me cautiously peaking around the corner to our next legislative session. Tiny Tim help us all.