"I liked a lot of what Hulshof had to say," Mayer wrote. "He was articulate, clearly very knowledgeable about the issues important to Missouri, and gave off an authentic down-to-earth charm."
Mayer found Steelman less knowledgeable on specific issues but wrote that she "had several strengths of her own," including positioning herself as the choice of "change" instead of the "status quo." Mayer was also "impressed by Steelman's account of her work as treasurer on divestment from companies that do business with state sponsors of terrorism."
I'm not sure the P-D carefully interviewed this guy before hiring him. He seems much too willing to listen to Republicans and give them a fair shake.
But alas, he's just an undergraduate fellow - destined to return to college, I assume, this fall. So by the time that the general election rolls around in November, Mayer will be out of the way.