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Democrats singing Brownback blues

August 9, 2009


— Looking at the prospect of a Gov. Sam Brownback, Kansas Democrats are singing the blues.

“There is an utter sense of futility if you talk to Democrats across the state,” said Joe Aistrup, political science professor at Kansas State University.

Brownback, a U.S. senator, is a conservative Republican who has announced he will run for governor in 2010.

He has chased off a primary challenger — Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh, who was seen as a more moderate Republican candidate than Brownback.

And while the official party line from Democrats is that they will have an “awesome” candidate suited up for the general election, none has been announced.

State Sen. Chris Steineger, D-Kansas City, is considering a run but lacks the name recognition of Brownback, who has been a statewide political figure for years.

Kansas Democratic Party Chairman Larry Gates is frequently mentioned as a possible candidate, but so far hasn’t publicly committed. His decision is expected soon. Some have mentioned U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Kan., whose district includes east Lawrence, but he has indicated he will stand for re-election to his House seat.

At this point, probably the only Democrat who has a chance against Brownback is Gov. Mark Parkinson, said Aistrup. But Parkinson has said several times that he will not run.

House Democratic Leader Paul Davis, of Lawrence, said he is asked by people every day who the Democratic candidate for governor will be and whether Parkinson will reconsider his decision.

“Without an announced candidate right now, some people are looking at the possibility of a Brownback administration, and thinking of what the implications of that could be,” he said. And, he said, he has heard from moderate Republicans who also are “not excited” about the possibility of a Brownback administration.

But Davis said he believes a Democratic candidate will be competitive once most Kansans turn their attention to the race.

Democrats find themselves in this situation through some interesting plot twists.

When Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Democratic force, won re-election in 2006, she had recruited Paul Morrison to switch parties to run for attorney general. Morrison won as a Democrat and was seen as a rising star in the party. That star crashed in a sex scandal.

Earlier this year, Sebelius left Kansas to join President Barack Obama’s Cabinet as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Her lieutenant governor, Parkinson, a former Kansas Republican Party chair whom Sebelius recruited to the Democratic Party, rose to the governor’s position, but then declared his noncandidacy, saying he wanted to focus on the state’s budget problems in the remainder of his term. He has been asked repeatedly whether he would reconsider, and the answer has been no.

The only thing that may work in the Democrats’ favor is that there has never been a conservative Republican who has won the governor’s race in Kansas.

“That’s the hurdle that Brownback has to overcome,” Aistrup said. “That is what is depressing the Democrats. There is a conservative from the Republican Assembly side of the party, and it looks like in all likelihood he is going to win,” he said.


situveux1 8 years, 7 months ago

An entire story about Sam Brownback and not one quote or question answered by him. Excellent job LJW. You are able to do opinion as news better than most.

KEITHMILES05 8 years, 7 months ago

Brownie is an embarassment to the state.

laika 8 years, 7 months ago

Situveux1, this was not a story about Sam Brownback. As the title clearly states, it is about Democrats and and their troubles finding a viable gubernatorial candidate. Why would a quote from Brownback be useful in a story like that? Do you want the LJWorld to call up Sen. Brownback and make sure he is still planning to run for governor in 2010?

Unless you think that the characterization of Sen. Brownback as a "conservative republican" is an opinion, I fail to see how this called an editorial piece or how it needs reaction from Brownback.

leftylucky 8 years, 7 months ago

I hope all the hispanics remember his ney vote for Sotomayor for supreme court justice, 2010 he will screw us again.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 7 months ago

Should he be elected, the single biggest "accomplishment" of a Brownback administration could be to drive moderate Republicans out of the party by the thousands.

50YearResident 8 years, 7 months ago

The Republicans are singing the blues about this too!

Richard Heckler 8 years, 7 months ago

For a man who despises government and tax dollars Brownback should get off the taxpayers payroll. Face it this man loves a government sponsored tax dollar paycheck, a staff paid with tax dollars and government paid for health insurance. Hmmmmmmm

All Brownback republicans want to be doing is “getting in the way” ... the USA needs jobs now! This nation must move forward and stop being "bogged down" by a GOP, like Brownback. Brownback represents Reaganomics/Wreckanomics which recently brought down the nations economy.

With all due respect it seems like smart legislators are spending way too much time trying a build bridges with a Brownback GOP party who truly has no interest. It makes no difference where efforts are directed the GOP platform is to destroy and stab in the back. This pattern developed some 30 years ago(Reagan/Bush/Gingrich) and has been relentless.

We can hold out our hands but beyond that this nation must move forward and stop being "bogged down" by a Brownback GOP that fears the success of the USA. This nation needs new USA industry for jobs that cannot be outsourced.

The GOP and Brownback have been supporting reckless spending decisions that make no dollars or sense. What was Brownback doing to stop the repub controlled destruction of our economy which has cost the nation 8 million jobs?

Throughout the nation the USA focus should be on the Green Collar Industry that will employ millions upon millions of white and blue collar workers everywhere. Throwing money at the banks and the auto industry will not create the jobs the USA needs to develop new wealth.

All we get is distorted info & big buck questionable commercials from the Brownback repub party.

The Brownback republican party is living in fear that the USA may bounce back after 8 years of their war mongering bank fraud economics. The fear is if the USA quality of life improves dramatically Brownback repubs are out of politics for a very long time which would be a fiscally responsible move for the american economy and Kansas.

What does the opposition fear?

  • National Health Insurance
  • New Industry thus new jobs thus new wealth for the USA
  • Green Collar Industries which produce jobs that cannot be outsourced
  • A dramatically improved quality of life for all americans
  • Being exposed as the party manipulating the lower middle class, middle class and upper middle class to increase the wealth of the upper 1% such as Brownback.
  • Brownback repubs fear losing tax incentives/tax breaks that actually create new wealth for the upper 1% thus constantly reducing the wealth of the middleclass.
  • Clean air, clean water,clean energy and healthy green space scattered throughout america

Richard Heckler 8 years, 7 months ago

Kansas and the USA need leadership that would put america and Kansas back to work making money, funding public schools which Brownback is against and creating new tax revenues by way of new clean industry that cannot be outsourced. The Brownback GOP simply does not represent what Kansas and the USA need right now.

The Brownback GOP still represents draining the tax dollar cookie jars... Beware: TABOR Is Coming .

Brownback supports privatizing of public education which would be a tax dollar fiasco and anything but moving forward.

The Kansas Club for Growth is more Reaganomics/Wreckanomics and created by a former Brownback chief of staff. Not a healthy economic policy but a failed economic policy which directly impacted the Bush/Cheney destruction of our economy.

georgiahawk 8 years, 7 months ago

I would like to say that I for one think that we should hear more from any of the Aistrup family members. Joe's dad is the only man that I have ever voted for president. Of course he is my dad, but... he was still the best man for the job!

Richard Heckler 8 years, 7 months ago

So what would the new Medicare For ALL Insurance offer to americans 365 days a year,24/7,employed or not,moving on to a new job or not,single mom or not,struck down with cancer or not?

What would a new Medicare Insurance Plan cover 365 days a year 24/7?

A family of four making the median income of $56,200 would pay about $2,700 in payroll tax for all health care costs. About $225 per month. Today the below insurance coverage actually costs about $1,100 per month.

  • long term care such that cancer would require
  • prescription drugs
  • hospital
  • surgical
  • outpatient services
  • primary and preventive care
  • emergency services
  • dental
  • mental health
  • home health
  • physical therapy
  • rehabilitation (including for substance abuse)
  • vision care
  • hearing services including hearing aids
  • chiropractic
  • durable medical equipment
  • palliative care

A family of four making the median income of $56,200 would pay about $2,700 in payroll tax for all health care costs. About $225 per month. Today the above insurance coverage actually costs about $1,100 per month.

HR 676 ends deductibles and co-payments. If a deductible and/or co-pay policy is in effect this usually indicates under-insured

Jeanne Cunningham 8 years, 7 months ago

I said it before, Barbara Ballard. OR bring back Nancy Boyda - good campaigner!!

Jeanne Cunningham 8 years, 7 months ago

And, how could I have forgotten, our young, fresh new face in Moderate Democratic politics: Josh Svaty - former State Representative of the 108th District , newly appointed Acting Secretary of Agriculture for KS. He's an "Obama/Rock Star" sort of guy!!!

blindrabbit 8 years, 7 months ago

PLEASE, PLEASE, Whatever your political party affiliation, your religious beliefs, your moral principals, your feeling about the United States, your social beliefs, take the time to learn what Sam Brownback is really all about. The assumption, based on what we read and hear is the Sam is a god-fearing up front fundamental Christian. While he professes to be that, he has skillfully used that disguise to cover his contempt for true Christian principals for those of his true "god", unbridled economic capitalism, contempt for those who do not believe in such, and anyone who does not accept his chose path. Also his interpretation of morality, alligience to country and his belief that his position in power does not come from the people he serves, but from being chosen by "god".

Seriously, find out more about Sam (and Tiahrt for that matter) before you blindly endorse and support him. As a centrist Republican, I can say he scares the hell out of me.

For more insight into Sam find the Rolling Stone story on him written earlier this year. Better yet pickup a copy of "The Family" by Jeff Sharlet, Harper Press. Jeff worked and lived with Sam and others at the Infamous "C-Street Commune" in Washington, D.C.

Centerville 8 years, 7 months ago

Even Parkinson is a huge relief. He actually seems to give a hoot about this state. Our sleazy fling with Kathleen is over! The worst is over.

blindrabbit 8 years, 7 months ago

Sam having trouble finding his way: From Traditional Methodism, to Fundamentalist Christian, to Catholicism to Opus Dei and The Family. Could be the "blind trying to lead the blind".

63BC 8 years, 7 months ago

Brownback 2004: 783,000 votes in Kansas---most any candidate has ever recieved for any office in state history.

Obama 2008: 505,000 votes in Kansas---a record for any Democrat in any office in state history.

And if Obama ran now, he wouldn't get nearly that many.

That's why they're not running against Brownback in 2010. Better to focus resources elsewhere.

blindrabbit 8 years, 7 months ago

63BC: Brownback 2004 and Obama 2008; talk about apples and oranges. But I agree, the Dems, the sensible Repubs, anybody needs to put up oppositions to Sam. The fact that so many Kansans voted for Sam in 2004 is a story about sheep. Kansas Repubs have been taken over by the likes of Klein, Brownback, Tiahrt, Abrams, and that UMKC law professor; the moderates and centrists have slipped into obscurity.

So the big loosers, if Brownback were to win in 2010 would not be just the Dems, but the Repubs, and the sensibility of all Kansans. But don't dare vote for anybody else, Rush is watching!

Jeanne Cunningham 8 years, 7 months ago

Get Ron Thornburgh to run as a Democrat. He's way more moderate and centrist than Brownback.

blindrabbit 8 years, 7 months ago

kubacker: lunitic lefties not really, just a moderate Rebublican. So far we have not really seen the real Brownback; he's been hidden away on "C Street" in Washington. Once and if he returns to Kansas he'll show his true colors. He has been very ineffective in D.C., no real legislation introduced (like Ryun); the only press about him revolves around his "moralizing" and a limp run for Prez. last year.

I encourage you to look into "The Family" if you are openminded; if not, you are already smitten.

Ralph Reed 8 years, 7 months ago

@laika: re your 0633. You told situveux1 the article is not about Brownback, but rather the troubles Democrats are and will have finding a viable candiate. Your statement is correct if you read only the online version of the LJW. Look at the print edition of today's paper, which most people in this town read. The article (really an oped piece) is above the fold, with a picture of Brownback above the fold. As most people read from left to right and top down, the first thing they see is Brownback causing trouble for the Democrats along with a picture for recognition. That's the intent of placing the article where it is. Couple that with the LJW's (often blind) support of Brownback and the article becomes either free political advertising, an oped piece endorsing Brownback (which will happen), or both. So, I disagree with what you told situveux1 and also say the article is at the very least an oped piece,

It's interesting that anyone posting against Brownback or saying anything against him is a loonie lefty (or some version thereof). I've said this on other threads. I never have and never will vote for Brownback. I do not trust him and I place him in the same camp as Phil Klein. So, I guess you can drop that broad brush appelation on me also kubacker (Tom and pilgrim2 already do).

Brownback was appointed to replace Senator Bob Dole when Senator Dole ran for President.. He was touted at the time as being the next Bob Dole. Brownback never has been and never will be the next Bob Dole - he doesn't even compare. I voted for Bob Dole BTW. Bob Dole supported him because he was for party unity, and I don't think for any other reason.

From what I've seen, Brownback has been running for President for at least 18 months already. During that time, Kansas has had at most 1-1/2 US Senators. I don't agree with everything Pat Roberts does, but at least he's a full-time Senator; he doesn't go back to Washington for just the "important" votes. For example when Brownback went back to Washington to cast an "important" vote against confirming Justice Sotomayor. The rest of the time he's campaigning for Governor. I would sooner vote for Pat Roberts than Brownback; at least he's a full-time Senator.

Further, it was made clear to Brownback that his lack of leadership experience is what kept him from doing better in the Rep primaries. I have no doubt he's running for Governor simply so he will have a better chance in a Presidential race. That's it, plain and simple. I expect him to run for Pres as soon as he can after being elected KS Governor. You'll notice how I phrased that; I see no viable opponent at this time.

I'm not knashing teeth, tearing my hair out, ranting and so on. I'm accepting what is probably inevitable. As I said though, I never have and never will vote for Brownback.

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