JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A state lawmaker is hoping to inspire legislative love connections with the latest edition of his quirky "Capital Report" newsletter.
Rep. Jim Murphy, R-St. Louis, singled out 28 eligible bachelors and bachelorettes for his April "Solo in the Statehouse" edition, including photos, office phone numbers and commentaries that read more like personal ads.
Next to the photo of 68-year-old Sen. Harry Wiggins, D-Kansas City, Murphy notes that Wiggins is a former majority floor leader.
"Perhaps his leadership experience will lead him to that special someone!!! If you think you're that special someone, dial 751-2788," it reads.
"I hope she calls me soon," Wiggins joked, when asked about the newsletter. "I'm waiting eagerly for the first call."
Murphy didn't ask permission to make a romantic pitch on his colleagues' behalf, but said nobody's complained so far.
"I didn't receive a bad word from anyone," said Murphy, 76, who has been married for 39 years. "In fact, I got some complaints from some who weren't in it."
Rep. Gary Kelly, D-Richmond was amused to be singled out.
"It's kind of nice to have a little levity in the midst of all this seriousness," said Kelly, a police officer.
Rep. Jenee Lowe, D-Kansas City, said Murphy had warned her about his impending newsletter.
"No calls yet. But that's fine," she said. "The Jim Murphy matchmaking service is not something I'd subscribe to."
Rep. Sam Gaskill, R-Washburn, is seasoned and skeptical about his chances. The note about him says the 69-year-old lawmaker is a former fighter pilot: "Hold onto your seats ladies; you're in for a heck of ride with this one!!!"
"At my age, it seems more ridiculous than funny," Gaskill said.
Murphy's other issues of the newsletter, now in its 12th year, have taken a more serious tone, but he says the singles issue gets the most attention.
"It's not my intention to insult anyone," he said. "I have to live up here. It's just entertainment."
On the Net:
Brainerd Dispatch ©2013. All Rights Reserved.