David Humphreys, who lives in Joplin and owns Tamko Building Products, has given a lot of money to Republicans over the years. He and his family are nationally-known donors to conservative candidates and causes, including the Republican aspirant for Missouri governor, Peter Kinder.
According to FiredUp!Missouri, the Humphreys family has given Peter Kinder $766,903 since 2008. Man, what I could do with that kind of money. I bet I could talk and write like a teapartier for that kind of dough.
Anyway, Kinder, in case you forgot, is currently our state’s Lt. Governor. I have largely avoided writing about him because a) I don’t like him, and b) I never thought he had much chance of defeating Democrat Jay Nixon, for a lot of reasons that pale in comparison to the one that currently has him in deep, family-values doo-doo.
It seems that Mr. Kinder, with his family values in tow, has, shall we say, parked his Winnebago in the wrong campground a time or two or, well, we don’t know how many times, really. The campground was a bar-place in St. Louis called Verlin’s, a hot spot famous for—I am told—”pantless parties.”
Now, if you are a family-values Republican, you sort of don’t want your name and “pantless parties” in the same sentence, let alone have a photograph of you and a hottie floating around for all to see.
Anyhow, pantless entertainment is not that prevalent around these parts, but then this part of the country isn’t exactly sexy Las Vegas. Just about the most exciting pantless time around here for a guy is in the change-rooms at Wal-Mart, just after the latest shipment of Genuine Dickies comes in.
But despite its lack of excitement, this is where David Humphreys lives and this is how Politico reported what the GOP donor had to say about Mr. Kinder:
David Humphreys, a southwest Missouri businessman and major GOP donor who has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the party, is abandoning his support for Peter Kinder’s gubernatorial bid and calling on him to resign.
Humphreys tells POLITICO in an email that he has asked the lieutenant governor to forego a 2012 campaign, requested his donations be returned and warned he will support Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon if Kinder is the GOP nominee.
Humphreys’ move is a devastating blow to Kinder and the strongest signal to date that the lieutenant governor’s support is beginning to erode in light of a story that detailed his interactions with a former Penthouse Pet.
“If I had known this about him I would not have supported him in the past,” Humphreys told POLITICO.
Humphreys, a deeply conservative and private man, also conveyed he believes Kinder should step down from his current post immediately as a matter of principle and “so that he is not a liability to other Republicans in the upcoming elections.”
That pretty much ends Mr. Kinder’s political career, but before he goes, if you want all the details of what led up to Mr. Humphrey’s statement, Sean at FiredUp! has thoroughly documented the saga, so start here and ENJOY!