Dave Spence has not caught fire as a GOP candidate for governor in Missouri, but there may be some flames licking at his heels after a campaign staff member inadvertently sent a briefing memo to the news media instead of to Spence.
Spence has a business background and has found the transition to political campaigner a little tough. He has blurted out a few things he shouldn’t have said and failed to add anything useful on other topics upon which he should speak.
A campaign worker/adviser hoped to lead Spence through the mine field with a briefing paper on how to respond if the news media asked him about his previous comment that President Obama is probably a Muslim. Her advice was to say that Obama says he is a Christian and then add that Spence takes him at his word.
She also wrote a comment for Spence on the Missouri Senate budget debate. Then she recommended Spence turn the discussion to a lack of leadership by incumbent Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat.
All that might have worked better had the email not gone to members of the press who were supposed to get an advisory on where Spence would be campaigning.
For those who want more on this, long-time St. Louis political reporter Jo Mannies’ column on the topic is linked here.