Married to Renee Hulshof
...Hulshof worked as an assistant special prosecutor in the Missouri attorney general's office in the early 1990s, but his political career stumbled out of the gate.
The decision, Hulshof
said, caused serious friction between Nixon and Democratic operatives.But he
said it also showcased the attorney general's ability to keep his
relationship with his
former boss is not especially close, except for an occasional interaction that usually results in lighthearted teasing about Nixon's basketball skills.
'I respect him,' Hulshof said. 'I think the feeling's mutual.So we always exchange pleasantries when we see each other at the state fair. ...Hulshof won in 1996, ending a decades-long stranglehold by Democrats on the congressional seat.And since that time, he
has sensed a change in his
understanding of issues.
'Back in 1994, I was talking points deep,' Hulshof
'For the most part,' Hulshof
has 'not had serious competition,' Klass said. 'What Duane, I think, needs more than anything is to get media exposure so people can assess him and compare him to the other candidate.'
Two minor party candidates will share the ballot with Hulshof
, however, said the tax-cutting policy has stimulated the economy, leaving businesses and individuals with more money in their pockets.
'I do subscribe to the supply side,' Hulshof said. 'The Dow's high, and even though job numbers weren't what we were hoping, unemployment is 4.6 percent.All of those things occurred after these very pro-growth tax policies.'
To retain a sense of fiscal sanity, Hulshof advocates reducing spending on entitlement programs.
'The way to slow the rate of growth in some of these entitlements is the real way we're going to get back to a balanced budget,' Hulshof
voted for the Medicare Part D program, an expensive expansion of one of the largest entitlement programs in federal government.
said the bill was fiscally responsible because it will eventually save money when seniors don't have to use the acute care system.
'We don't get credit when the cholesterol drug that you take keeps you out of the hospital.They can't measure the savings we get from the drugs not having to have the actual procedure.'Hulshof
also said charges that the bill was favorable to drug companies - a major contributor to his
campaign - try to mask previous predictions that ended up not coming to fruition.
, however, voted for the federal amendment.
'I'm a traditionalist in that marriage should be between single man and single woman,' Hulshof
A war about warHulshof
frequently points out in stump speeches and interviews that he
represents a district that includes a city with one or two war protests every week.Hulshof
opposed an earlier conflict - the intervention in Kosovo - because he
didn't think it was in the United States' national security interests.
'I kind of get into a friendly debate about Iraq with some staunch opponents of the president,' Hulshof said. 'And I ask them, ‘Did you stand outside the post office when President Clinton started lobbing bombs in a pre-emptive fashion on Kosovo?' '
And though he
thought the stability of the Middle East was in danger, Hulshof
carried the skepticism on the way to his
vote in favor of the Iraq war.After meeting with several administration officials, including then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, Hulshof
thought Iraq posed a direct threat to the security of the United States.
...Marvin Overby, a professor of political science at the University of Missouri-Columbia, said the unpopularity of the Iraq war could have an impact on the race between Hulshof and Burghard.
...With a decrease in power, some say, Hulshof might make a bid for Missouri governor, U.S. senator or even - in his own, joking manner - vice president of the United States.
would have less influence as a minority member of House
'With some seniority,' Hulshof
said, 'I can see having an impact even if the voters across the country decide to make Nancy Pelosi speaker, because I'm still going to be on the most powerful and influential committee in Congress.That won't change.
'I'm not here to blow smoke.The fact is, if we're minority, yeah, the majority party is one that sets the agenda.'
Talent said Hulshof
could get things done in Washington, D.C.