Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sarah Steelman has recruited the speaker of the Missouri House to serve as her campaign chairman.
Steelman said Wednesday that House Speaker Steven Tilley not only will serve as chairman, but will play a substantial role in her campaign.
Tilley said in a statement distributed by Steelman that he decided to get involved in the Republican Senate primary because he believes Steelman is the only candidate likely to beat Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill and bring change to Washington.
Also in the Republican race are U.S. Rep. Todd Akin and businessman John Brunner. Both are from the St. Louis area. Steelman is a former state treasurer and state senator from Rolla.
Tilley, who is term-limited, had planned to run for lieutenant governor but dropped out last fall.