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  Missouri’s new abortion ban has Nicole Galloway leaning toward campaign for governor
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Last EditedEastTexasDem  Jun 04, 2019 01:28pm
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AuthorJason Hancock
News DateTuesday, June 4, 2019 06:00:00 PM UTC0:0
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Nicole Galloway is starting to sound like a candidate for governor.

Speaking Saturday night at the annual Jackson County Democrats’ Truman Dinner at Arrowhead Stadium, the Democratic state auditor hammered Republican Gov. Mike Parson on a litany of issues – from compliance with the state’s Sunshine Law to his support for overturning voter-approved ballot measures.


She saved her most withering critique, however, for a new law Parson recently signed that criminalizes abortion after eight weeks of pregnancy, with no exception for victims of rape or incest.

“Until now, a survivor of rape could decide what came next,” Galloway said. “Gov. Parson has taken that choice away from women, and instead a survivor must accept that her rapist could have parental rights.”

She followed up her speech with an Op-Ed in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where she said Parson and his fellow Republicans were “giving new rights and opportunities to rapists.”

Galloway, 36, a Columbia CPA who was appointed auditor by Gov. Jay Nixon in 2015 after the death of Republican Tom Schweich, won her first full term last year.

She is the only Democratic statewide officeholder in Missouri, a distinction that makes her the clear frontrunner for the party’s gubernatorial nomination in 2020 – if she decides to jump into the race.

So far, she’s remained silent about her intentions.

But those close to her told The Star this week that she is leaning toward a run, and that Missouri’s eight-week abortion ban may be the factor that tips the scales.
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