Boeing special session reduces Jones’ annual tour to just one stop

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A week ago, Republican House Speaker Tim Jones announced his second annual statewide campaign tour to preview the upcoming legislative session.

But Friday’s call for a special session by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon has forced Jones – who has not been shy about his intentions to seek statewide office in 2016 – to cancel all but one of his previously scheduled campaign-funded events.

Jones said on Monday he would travel to Mt. Vernon on Wednesday for one stop, where local supporters had taken out ads in local newspapers and invited local officials to visit with him about the upcoming session, he said.

“The good folks down there have already placed the ad in five local newspapers, invited six local mayors, and told me if I don’t show up, there will be a lot of disappointed people,” he said. “I’m going to make a quick trip down on Wednesday, but other than that – I’m going to be of the disposal of my caucus, the Senate, and the governor.”

Jones underwent his first Speaker’s Tour last December, where he spent a few days on the road meeting with supporters and discussing his upcoming legislative agenda. Since December, Jones has made a handful of other statewide swings as he prepares for a likely statewide campaign in 2016.