Kansas City Star Endorses Congressman Cleaver

October 30th, 2020

Incumbent Rep. Emanuel Cleaver is the only choice for Missouri’s 5th District in the House of Representatives. The longtime public servant and former Kansas City mayor represents the region’s interests ably in Congress. He is rightly focused on important issues such as housing and response to the coronavirus pandemic, and he’s been a strong voice for restoring civility to our politics.

His challenger, GOP neophyte Ryan Derks, demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of basic issues. For example, he advocates for Americans with pre-existing conditions to be covered by “Medicare/Medicade (sic),” to be administered by the states — a nonexistent idea that that sounds like a version of the public option Republicans usually oppose. Cleaver deserves re-election.

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