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State Sen. Rick Brattin (R-Harrisonville) speaks at Columbia's Broadway Hotel on June 16, 2022 (photo from 939 the Eagle's Brian Hauswirth)

Missouri Right to Life backing Brattin in congressional race; Farm Bureau supporting Bruce

State Sen. Rick Brattin (R-Harrisonville) speaks at Columbia’s Broadway Hotel on June 16, 2022 (photo from 939 the Eagle’s Brian Hauswirth)

A state senator from Cass County who’s seeking the GOP nomination in west-central Missouri’s fourth congressional district has received the exclusive endorsement from Missouri Right to Life’s political action committee.

State Sen. Rick Brattin (R-Harrisonville) announced the endorsement during a Thursday press conference in Columbia. He tells reporters he hopes Roe vs. Wade is overturned.

“And hopefully with the Dobbs case we’ll see the overturning of Roe v Wade to where we’ll able to right this atrocity that has swept this land,” Brattin says.

Brattin is serving his first term in the Missouri Senate, after serving four terms in the Missouri House in Jefferson City. Missouri Right to Life attended Thursday’s press conference, saying Senator Brattin is the only candidate in the race with a proven record of sponsoring and voting for pro-life legislation.

Senator Brattin says protecting the unborn has been his top priority in the Legislature. He also describes the fourth district as the Bible Belt, and says his first oath is to God. He tells 939 the Eagle that he will not waver nor give in.

“And I think that’s what people are wanting, they’re clamoring for. They see in Washington people that are willing to squander your freedoms, liberties. We see the Second Amendment fight, the life fight,” says Brattin.

West-central Missouri’s new sprawling fourth district is primarily rural but includes parts of Columbia and northern Boone County. The district is heavily Republican. Brattin is one of seven Republicans in the August primary. The winner faces Lamar Democrat Jack Truman in the November general election.

Missouri Governor Mike Parson (R) and Missouri Farm Bureau have endorsed Stockton’s Kalena Bruce in the race. Farm Bureau is the state’s largest general farm organization.

Brattin was asked about Farm Bureau’s endorsement by a newspaper reporter during Thursday’s press conference at the Broadway Hotel. Senator Brattin says he and Farm Bureau have policy differences on farm subsidies.

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