In a statement Justice commented, “In the upcoming months, the 8th Congressional Republican Committee will nominate a candidate to fill the Congressional seat in Missouri’s 8th District. To this point, there have been a number of qualified individuals that have expressed interest in receiving that nomination. I have been made aware that there has also been some question about whether I would seek that position. The truth of the matter is that I do not have any interest at this time to seek this seat. As chairman of this committee, my desire is that the process we use to determine the nominee be smooth, fair and transparent. This is my focus and I will do everything in my power to make it happen”.
When asked if other potential candidates had approached him and question whether he could serve as an impartial chairman without formally removing his name Justice commented he had not. “No I did not have anyone approach me. I just wanted to make sure there was no possibility or appearance of impropriety. Republicans of southeast and southern Missouri deserve better”, said Justice. Justice, who is frequently mentioned as a potential candidate for local and state office also said he has no plans to run for office, “at this time”.
As far as the committee he will be chairing Justice confirmed that the eventual nominee, per Missouri law will have to ultimately receive a majority vote of the committee. When asked if there will be a minimum amount of support on the committee to be placed into nomination Justice stated, “That will be up to the rules committee. More will be known by the end of this week”.