Rumor has it that State Senator Chris Koster (R-Harrisonville) will announce this week that he’s leaving the Republican Party to become a Democrat.
Koster, who already has $644,000 in the bank, according to his last campaign finance report, is also expected to announce that he will be running for Attorney General on the Democratic ticket.
Readers will recall PubDef.net reported spotting Koster at the state senate campaign kick-off of Democrat Rodney Hubbard earlier this month. If true, Koster’s crossover could have far-reaching implications in the 2008 races.
UPDATE @ 9:18 p.m. â€” Reactions to Koster’s rumored defection are already coming in. Democrat Jeff Harris, the Columbia State Rep who is also running for Attorney General, tells PubDef.net he welcomes Koster to the Democratic primary contest.
“We have been planning to run against Chris Koster– the Republican — since day one in this campaign,” said Harris. “And I am STILL running against Chris Koster THE Republican, only now itâ€™s in the Democratic Primary.”
“I am running AS a Democrat because I AM a Democrat — always have been and always will be.”