Former Blunt aide to challenge Rep. Carhanan -

Former Blunt aide to challenge Rep. Carhanan

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 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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