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Carnahan tapping father’s legacy in Mo. Senate bid

October 25, 2010

Memorial to Gov. Mel Carnahan inside the Carter County Courthouse, Van Buren, Mo. (Photo by: Flickr Creative Commons user J. Stephen Conn)


Missouri Democrat Robin Carnahan is evoking the memory of her deceased father to raise money for her U.S. Senate bid.

Gov. Mel Carnahan died in a plane crash 10 years ago while campaigning for the Senate. His daughter brought tears to mourners by eulogizing him with the promise: “We won’t let the fire go out.”

Today, Carnahan is using her father’s photo and that same phrase in a quest for a come-from-behind Senate victory against Republican Rep. Roy Blunt. Until her recent fundraising letter, Carnahan had largely avoided running on her father’s legacy.

Blunt has not mentioned Mel Carnahan. He also has shied away from highlighting his own family’s political involvement. Blunt’s son, Matt Blunt, served as Missouri governor.

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