There was LOTS of arm twisting being done to support Cole. The state Committee make-up changed dramatically however with slightly less than 1/2 returning from the 2010 State Committee.
It appears that newly-elected 2nd district Congresswoman Ann Wagner was the main “power-player” with rumors of her campaign manager (Aaron Willard - former executive director of Mo’s House Republican Campaign Committee) being the likely new Executive Director for Cole’s new State GOP (can you say establishment control?). Further it had been said by some arm-twisters that Wagner (a former National GOP co-chair) would not support or work with Martin (ie. help raise money) due to their contentious primary fight for the 2nd Congr. Dist.
We’ll see if she in fact takes her ball and goes home.
Yipppppeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! I am thrilled! Couldn’t get anymore establishment than Cole!