CAPE GIRARDEAU (KAIT) - Veteran southeast Missouri Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson may be mulling a run for governor of the Show-Me State. The popular 8th District Congresswoman said this morning that she will announce Monday whether she will run for the office.
The Cape Girardeau Republican has been considering a bid since Governor Matt Blunt announced earlier this week that he will not seek re-election. Emerson made the announcement at a meeting with southeast Missouri business and community leaders at the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce.
A new Internet blog that touts Emerson's candidacy was started yesterday.
Emerson has served southeast and southern Missouri in Congress since 1996, after she was elected in a special election to fill the seat vacated by the death of her husband, Bill Emerson, who succumbed to cancer in June of 1996.