ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A former chief of staff for Republican Gov. Matt Blunt kicked off a congressional campaign Wednesday to challenge Democratic U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan.
Ed Martin said he's running because people "feel ignored and discounted by the powers-that-be in Washington, D.C."
He chose McArthur's Bakery in South St. Louis County for his announcement because the owner has been critical of Carnahan's support for climate-change legislation.
Martin served a little more than one year as Blunt's chief of staff. He was replaced in November 2007 amid growing scrutiny of e-mail deletions in the governor's office.
He previously worked as an attorney for anti-abortion and school-choice groups and was chairman of the St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners. Last year, Martin founded the SaveAB.com campaign, an unsuccessful effort to stop the sale of the St. Louis-based brewery Anheuser-Busch to InBev, based in Belgium.
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