Missouri's governor, Jay Nixon, appointed David Steelman to the board of directors of the Missouri State Employees Retirement System.
Now, why would Nixon, a Democrat, appoint Republican Steelman, who ran against Nixon in a no-holds-barred race for Attorney General in 1992?
David Steelman's wife, of course, is Sarah Steelman, who fought a primary fight (that she couldn't have won) against Nixon's destined opponent for governor, Kenny Hulshof, in 2008. That primary fight cost Hulshof time, money, and political capital. It all but ensured Nixon's election.
Sarah Steelman apparently hasn't learned from history . . . she's setting herself up to run an un-winnable primary race for U.S. Senate against Roy Blunt. (Link to story here.)
Or . . . has she learned quite well? What's the prize for getting Robin Carnahan elected to the Senate?
Probably just a coincidence. Surely, I'm reading too much into this.