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WOW! Grassroots May Flip Mo-5 To Republican Jacob Turk

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Forget about your witches, bitches, Rubios and Franks, if this actually happens, and it may, this will be the story next Wednesday morning after the election dust settles.

Jacob Turk has mounted a total grassroots campaign to unseat Rev. Emanuel Cleaver in the 5th District of Missouri. He’s a former Marine, business owner, and a great man; the bad news is that he has already tried this twice before and lost to Mr. Cleaver both times. But this time just might be different!

That may help explain why the RNC, RCCC, the MoGOP, and even Conservative commentators on local talk radio have had written this one off. Granted, Kansas City, making up the bulk of Mo-5, is heavy, long-term Democrat territory. And, a poll commissioned in the last week or so showed Turk within about 9 points of Cleaver. Closer than ever, but still a long ways off.

As I’m driving home, however, I hear on the radio, that apparently a new poll (or polls?) have put Jacob Turk within the margin of error, tied, or marginally leading.

This is huge. Republicans haven’t taken the 5th since about 1946, or something like that. And when Cleaver first won office, I figured he would be there for life like so many others from districts similar to this one.

Not one dime has come from PACs, according to Turk. He is also not getting any help from the national Republican organization; no money, no advertising, scant few (if any) endorsements. His entire campaign has been volunteers, and good citizens concerned about our country giving $20 here, $50 there, volunteering to work phone banks or knock on doors.

I am almost ashamed to admit, however, I have not contributed myself, aside from words posted here. My business finance situation leaves me less than zero extra cash, and business hours make it very difficult to be away from the shop. So I will offer my apologies now to Mr. Turk.

But, the bottom line will be this: If he pulls this off, and pulls the upset of the decade by winning on Tuesday, you can be assured he will be beholden to no one. No “special interests” will be able to wave that canceled check to sway his vote. The Republican Party machine won’t be able to strong-arm him into toeing the Party Line. Isn’t that what we really want in our elected officials?

I urge any of my readers (all 14 of you LOL) to give any help you can. If you can link this post, spread the word, and pass it on, maybe it will make it back to others reading in Kansas City. That one vote we might get just may make the difference. And if you do live here, I beg of you, I implore you, at all costs, make sure you vote on Tuesday.

And when the pundits are scratching their heads Wednesday morning saying they never saw this coming, you can smile and say you saw it here first!

Here is his television spot. Classy guy, refuses to run negative attack advertising against Mr. Cleaver, even though there is much to throw at him.

I am currently trying to find a link to the polling information, as I like to know on my own things are as I am told. Will update as soon as I know.

GO TURK!

**UPDATE**

Still no official word on the source of the polls, but here would be the place to find it when comes out!

**UPDATE II**

These numbers are apparently coming from private polling firms, and can’t actually be published. NiceDeb has it here, click over for the video.

Written by James Lee

October 27, 2010 at 20:52

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Missouri Lets Roll!

    Thanks for the great article! A nice Contribution!!

    Dan Duckworth

    October 27, 2010 at 23:42

  2. [...] could be the biggest election upset you have heard NOTHING about!” What’s he mean? This: Jacob Turk has mounted a total grassroots campaign to unseat Rev. Emanuel Cleaver in the 5th [...]

  3. I donated a bit and have a yard sign. I met Turk at a Tea Party event last summer; he’s a super nice guy and would make an excellent Congressman.

    Jim in KC

    October 28, 2010 at 13:56

  4. jacob turk was my back door neighbor for over 22 years..i can tell you there is no better person who could represent the 5th district…jacob and myself solved a whole of the worlds problems over the years in our political discussions over our mutual back yard fences…one day, durng one of our back yard fence discussions he confided in me he had decided he had enough as far as the direction of the country and was going to run for congress…well, i was stunned…that was before he lost to cleaver the first time around…we all know the rest of the story…his integrity is above reproach, of that i can assure you. jacob does not know i am writing this. i do not work for his campaign, but i will admit i have donated to the campaign only because i know him so well as the great former neighbor he was, and what a fine infdividual he still is…good luck jacob…

    steve mcguire

    October 28, 2010 at 14:15

  5. First time I have ever given to political campaign. I met Mr. Turk him last summer and liked his message. I did not like Cleaver’s email response when I asked him not to vote for Obamacare.

    Martha

    October 30, 2010 at 20:54

    • You know what to do Tuesday, Martha! :) Thanks for reading and commenting

      James Lee

      October 31, 2010 at 13:38

  6. have to admit I’ve wondered if he could pull it off, but am still hoping! We’ve got his signs, & known him since his first try; he goes to our sister church and he’s got our utmost respect! Can’t wait to send him to Washington!

    K Alongi

    October 30, 2010 at 21:55

    • We all have to take part. Make sure you and yours all vote! Thanks!

      James Lee

      October 31, 2010 at 13:39

  7. Wish I could hear his commercials = what’s the problem?

    His mother

    m. turk

    October 30, 2010 at 23:00

    • Hey Gail – were you ever able to play the commercial? I assume so by now! Love you.
      ~ His wife

      Donna

      September 18, 2011 at 12:50

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