Archive for Monday, April 17, 2006

Thornburgh to seek fourth term as secretary of state

April 17, 2006


— Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh today announced he will seek re-election to a fourth four-year term in office.

Thornburgh will face Sen. Kay O'Connor, R-Olathe, in the Aug. 1 Republican Party primary.

First elected in 1994, Thornburgh said he has modernized the office to help businesses file required records. "We are making doing business in Kansas faster, better, and cheaper," he said.

And, he said, he has led implementation of the Help America Vote Act, adopted by Congress in the wake of the controversial vote count in Florida during the 2000 presidential election.

"I led the charge to ensure that the problems of Florida in 2000 would never again plague our nation's electoral system, and will never happen in Kansas," he said.

Thornburgh considered a possible run for governor this year, but decided against it, saying a primary and general election campaign for the top state executive spot would have taken too much time away from his wife and two sons who are eight- and six-years old.

But, he said, he may consider running for governor sometime in the future.

Thornburgh said he took O'Connor's candidacy "very seriously."

"Kay works hard. She's been elected five times, has been outspent five times, and the roadside is littered with people she has defeated," he said.

He said the GOP primary is "one-game elimination and you're done."


dozer 11 years, 9 months ago

I can hardly contain myself for the exiciting race for the next Kansas Secretary of State. Woooooohoooo!

pundit 11 years, 9 months ago

If the so-called Relgious Right can get Kay O'Connor nominated, (and the RR has a history of wins in this state...Phill Kline for instance) it would be.....well, painful at the very least, and another step back to the primordial ooze.

Boring or not, this race deserves attention from the voting populace.

To ignore it invites peril.

Ken Miller 11 years, 9 months ago

I agree the Sec. of State race is usually a snoozer. But Thornburgh points out that Crazy Kay has beaten all comers in the past. The LAST thing we need is O'Connor in a statewide seat. The woman is a bane to personal rights. Let's stop her now - before it's too late.

rhd99 11 years, 9 months ago

Wow, talk about a woman with prejudice. O'Connor's antics in Topeka only prove she does NOT have the temperment to be in charge of elections statewide. DOWN with KAY! DOWN with KLINE! DOWN with WAGEL! These three individuals represent one group: The wealth & powerful, NOT US!

willie_wildcat 11 years, 9 months ago

If this is who I think it is...isn't she the one who thought woment should not get the right to vote? Or is that another RR whack job? Someone have an answer?

greyhawk 11 years, 9 months ago

Thornburgh has performed well during his time in office. The business services side has been modernized and runs reasonably well at low cost. The elections side has been working to meet the various federal mandates.

Why would Kansas Republicans replace a public servant doing a good job with someone whose job qualifications seem to invite controversy at least and obstructionism at worst?

rhd99 11 years, 9 months ago

Willie, you are correct in that she is the RR whack job who does not support a woman's right to vote.

dozer 11 years, 9 months ago

Pundit - You must be new to our great state. Remember, you live in Kansas. We don't believe in primordial ooze or that whole CRAZY evolution theory.

willie_wildcat 11 years, 9 months ago

Thanks for the info rhd99. I find it amazing that she sits there and makes her comments about the women's right to vote yet Im sure there were women who probably did vote for her in the first place.

xenophonschild 11 years, 9 months ago

Dear God! Not another one! Who is this O'Connor woman? What district does she represent? Maybe Thornburgh can convince women not to vote for her.

rhd99 11 years, 9 months ago

Xeno, it's easier said than done, but look, even if she does win, voters can in protest not show up to the polls as long as O'Connor the wicked witch of Kansas is Secretary of State!! Ron Thornburgh needs to anti up, & do whatever it takes to slime O'Connor's name & reputation as a woman who promotes discrimination!

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 11 years, 9 months ago

If Kansas were a swing state in presidential elections, the republicans would require that their candidate also be the state campaign director for the republican nominee for president, and in a position to favorably affect the outcome of the election.

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