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Jean Carnahan to announce decision Monday

October 27, 2000
By: Clayton Bellamy
State Capital Bureau

JEFFERSON CITY - Jean Carnahan said she will announce Monday whether she will accept a U.S. Senate appointment offered if her late husband, Mel Carnahan, wins Missouri's Senate election.

"Our family has always made important decisions together," she said in a Friday statement. "This weekend, I will gather my family at our farm to discuss the U.S. Senate seat for which my husband was running. I will announce my decision Monday."

Mel Carnahan, who died Oct. 16 in a plane crash, remains on the ballot in Missouri's U.S. Senate race. If he gets more votes than GOP opponent Sen. John Ashcroft, Gov. Roger Wilson has said he intends to appoint Jean Carnahan to serve in the late governor's place.

The statment issued Friday says:

"I would again like to thank the countless people who have sent cards and letters of support and encouragement, both with regard to the recent tragedy and to the possibility that I might represent Missouri in the Senate in the event that Missourians cast their votes for my husband.

"I would also like to express my appreciation to Governor Wilson and the people of Missouri for their patience in allowing me time to make this decision.

"If I decide to accept this challenge, it will be because I am ready to do this with my entire heart and soul, just as Mel did every day of his life.

"As I seek God's will for my life, I see each day more clearly.

"I still believe deeply in the cause for which my husband lived and died.

"These shared values are a permanent part of my being.

"Our family has always made important decisions together. This weekend, I will gather my family at our farm to discuss the U.S. Senate seat for which my husband was running. I will announce my decision Monday.

"Until then, I hope the people of Missouri know that their prayers are being felt and that they continue to give us strength."