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Congressman Kenny Hulshof Announces Bid for Governor

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Congressman Kenny Hulshof has become the third Republican to throw his hat into the race for Governor, following Governor Matt Blunt's surprise announcement last week that he would not seek re-election in November. KSMU's Jennifer Moore reports.

In a conference call with reporters this afternoon, Hulshof said he was honored to have gone from running through the cotton fields of southeast Missouri to walking the marble floors of Congress. But, he said, it is time to return to his home state.

"What I offer is the opportunity for Missourians to have an open and honest government that is accountable to the people. To me, the way that you make those improvements is with a new, fresh perspective," Hulshof said.

The 49-year-old congressman joins Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and Treasurer Sarah Steelman in the Republican gubernatorial primary.

Hulshof told reporters his bipartisan record and absence from the Missouri capitol scene set him apart from the other candidates running for governor.

"I'm the only one, at least of those who you all have published, from either party, that has not been entrenched in Jefferson City for decades. I have a record of working across the political spectrum. I hold no grudges, I have no political scores to settle in Jefferson City. I'm just ready to go to work."

So far, Attorney General Jay Nixon is the only Democrat in the race, though a spokesman for Secretary of State Robin Carnahan has said she is considering it.

For KSMU News, I'm Jennifer Moore.