Missouri Democrats are swooning about a new rising star in the party: John Wright, newly nominated as the party’s standard-bearer in House District 47, which is around Columbia in mid-Missouri. Wright’s resume’ is impressive: Student body president and captain of his high school’s state champion tennis team; bachelors and law degrees from Yale (where he edited the Law Review) and scored top academic honors; founder of an investment company that made him wealthy enough to retire in his 30s. He put nearly $100,000 of his own money into his first political campaign and drew another $70,000 plus in donations, rolling to a 2-to-1 victory Tuesday over a former state lawmaker. The swoons are over Wright’s sparkling smile, curly blond hair and athletic good looks. One St. Louis Democratic insider, an appreciative female, compared Wright to “the young Robert Redford in ‘The Candidate,’ only better looking – in fact, the best-looking Democratic fresh face I’ve seen in many years and a very nice guy.” Female hearts melted at the sight of Wright leading an elementary reading program he sponsors as a nonprofit in Columbia. Another veteran Democrat points to Wright’s strong first-impression campaign video, which may be viewed on his website at http://www.wright4missouri.com/ “His full name is John Atchison Wright, which has a lovely ring, especially when coupled with a title like Representative – or Governor,” this longtime party insider said. Wright still faces a November matchup with a right-wing Republican, but Democrats are writing checks now, they say, to support a star on an upward trajectory.