Campaign Manager for Soaring Ted Cruz Moves From Kansas City to National Stage
Roe has routinely battled Democrats. In 2006 he mauled Democrat Sara Jo Shettles’ campaign for Missouri’s 6th District House seat, held by U.S. Rep. Sam Graves. A Roe-produced ad linked Shettles with “smut” because she sold ads for a company that published an adult magazine.
Shettles had nothing to do with the adult publication, and she remains bitter about her experience with Roe. “It’s a game to him,” she said. “He’s done rotten things to people with long-lasting impact.”
In 2008, Roe demolished former Kansas City Mayor Kay Barnes’ congressional campaign against Graves, by linking her with the “San Francisco values” of Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Roe once ordered aides to comb through opponents’ trash, looking for campaign fodder. He hired operatives to track candidates with video cameras, leading some to complain of unnecessary provocation and to file complaints with police.