The Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor says voters will see a clear distinction between her and Peter Kinder, who has won the right to try for a third term. The Democratic candidate is former state auditor Susan Montee, who says the Lieutenant Governor should do more for economic development than Kinder has done. .
Montee, the former state auditor, hopes character issues are not part of the general election campaign as they became late in the primary campaign when a secretly-funded outside group mailed thousands of brochures questioning Kinder’s character. “I don’t think that voters want to hear a whole bunch of character issues in the way they saw the Republican primary played out,” she says. .
Kinder has made his opposition to the Affordable Care Act a central part of his campaign. But Montee doesn’t see that issue as central to the job she wants to take away from Kinder, saying, “It really doesn’t figure into the race unless you want to hook your campaign to some kind of a sound bite or what you think is popular opinion.”
She says her experience as state auditor makes her more qualified for the office of Lt. Governor than Kinder, who served in the state senate before being elected to his current job eight years ago.