Mo. lawmaker wants Kinder to forgo governor’s bid

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A freshman Republican in the Missouri House is calling on Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder to forgo A his expected bid for governor because of acknowledgements that Kinder repeatedly visited a strip club in the mid-1990s.

Rep. Kevin Elmer, of Nixa, distributed a public statement Tuesday saying Kinder’s “irresponsible decisions in his personal life have impugned his ability to lead publicly from a principled position.”

Kinder, a Republican, acknowledged last week that he visited an Illinois strip club about 10 times, when he was a state senator about 17 years ago. Kinder said he now considers that a poor decision.

Although he has not officially announced his candidacy, Kinder has been gearing up to challenge Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon in the 2012 elections.

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