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  St. Louis Businessman Brunner Moving Toward Senate Bid
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Last EditedCOSDem  May 13, 2011 07:22pm
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News DateSaturday, May 14, 2011 01:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionSt. Louis businessman John Brunner is poised to enter the Missouri Senate race, joining a growing field of Republicans vying to take on Sen. Claire McCaskill (D).

Brunner is the chairman of Vi-Jon, a cosmetics and health care products manufacturer based in Missouri.

The only declared candidate in the GOP primary is former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman, but six-term Rep. Todd Akin is expected to announce his candidacy next week.

GOP strategist John Hancock, who is serving as an adviser to Brunner, told Roll Call the businessman would emphasize his Washington outsider image.

“He believes that America is at a crisis point right now, economically,” Hancock explained. “He believes that he has a skill set as a businessman and an entrepreneur that is desperately needed in Washington, D.C. And he believes that the voters might just agree with him.”
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