ICYMI: Nicole Galloway Could Make History As Missouri’s First Female Governor
“[Galloway] is aiming to go where no woman in Missouri has ever gone before: the governor’s mansion.”
Today, The 19th featured Nicole Galloway’s historic run for Missouri governor. Galloway, the only Democrat in statewide office and the only woman, could make history on November 3rd as Missouri’s first female governor.
Galloway is running to return the governor’s office to Missouri families and end the corrupt pay-to-play insider politics that has plagued the state government under Missouri Gov. Mike Parson. While he’s catered to lobbyists and political insiders, Parson has refused to expand access to affordable health care and take the coronavirus pandemic seriously, letting cases rise unchecked in the state.
Galloway, the state’s auditor, has spent her career keeping corrupt politicians like Parson in check and fighting for Missouri families. She’s not going to let Parson get away with hurting Missourians: “I have a message for Governor Parson: if you mess with my children, I will have a word with you. If you mess with Missouri’s children, I will build an army and I will win.”
Read more about Galloway’s historic run for governor below.
The 19th: Nicole Galloway wants to be Missouri’s first female governor
For two years now, Nicole Galloway has been the only Democrat in statewide office in Missouri.
She is also the only woman.
Now, the certified public accountant and fraud examiner, who has exposed more than $350 million in taxpayer dollars over her five years as state auditor, is aiming to go where no woman in Missouri has ever gone before: the governor’s mansion.
“You could write down a dream candidate on paper, and Nicole Galloway would still be better,” said Democratic Governors Association (DGA) spokesperson Christina Amestoy, who praised Galloway for being a “strong steward” of taxpayer money.
When Galloway, 38, got into the governor’s race in August 2019, she emphasized her record exposing fraud and public corruption as auditor. Just a year earlier, in 2018, Missouri was roiled by political scandals that prompted the resignation of then Republican Gov. Eric Greitens, who was facing impeachment proceedings. Parson, the lieutenant governor at the time, took his place.
Greitens had been indicted in two separate matters: one for computer tampering after his campaign allegedly obtained a donor list from a veterans nonprofit he had founded without its knowledge; another for allegedly blackmailing a woman with whom he had an extramarital affair by threatening to release nude photos of her if she came forward. The charges were later dropped.
“It’s my job to be an independent watchdog for taxpayers,” Galloway said in a launch video that featured her three young sons. “Dark money flows from corporations and lobbyists, the governor takes their money, then does their bidding, nothing gets done for you, so it’s no wonder your healthcare costs are still through the roof, wages are still lagging.”
Galloway said in a recent interview that she knew from the moment she entered the race that “health care was always going to be a top issue.”
“However, I think COVID has exposed cracks in our system that have existed for a long time and have heightened folks’ sensitivity and awareness to the lack of access to health care in this state,” she said.
As of October 25, more than 2,800 Missourians had died from the COVID-19 virus, including 209 within the prior week. There have been nearly 175,000 cases in the state since the beginning of the pandemic and new cases were rising, according to a New York Times national tracker of the virus using government health data.
Parson, who had declined to issue a statewide mask mandate, had himself become infected with the virus, along with his wife and members of his staff, prompting the delay of the first and only gubernatorial debate between the two candidates. Public approval of his handling of the pandemic had dropped from 60 percent in April to 39 percent in late August, according to a consortium of academic researchers at Northeastern University, Harvard University, Northwestern University and Rutgers University.
Missourians passed a measure in August that would expand the state’s Medicaid system under the Affordable Care Act. Parson opposed the measure, which has yet to be implemented, and Galloway has said he cannot be trusted to do so. On the campaign trail, she frequently talks about how Medicaid expansion is key to protecting lower-income children with pre-existing medical conditions, a need that has only been exacerbated by the pandemic.
“I have a message for Governor Parson: if you mess with my children, I will have a word with you. If you mess with Missouri’s children, I will build an army and I will win,” Galloway said in Lee’s Summit.
McGrew said as a Democrat in Missouri she is used to her party losing, but Galloway “has the best chance of winning of anyone.”
“Whether she wins or loses, she has a very promising political career — we haven’t seen the last of Nicole Galloway,” he predicted.