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Republican Kevin Yoder plans run for U.S. House seat occupied by Democrat Dennis Moore

December 15, 2009

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State Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Overland Park, on Tuesday officially put his name in the 3rd District U.S. House race.

Yoder, chairman of the Kansas House appropriations committee, had been exploring a bid since U.S. Dennis Moore, D-Lenexa, announced in November he would not seek a seventh term.

In a news release, Yoder, a Kansas University graduate and partner in an Olathe law firm, said his campaign would focus on fiscal issues and economic development.

“We deserve an experienced leader who will stand up to Congress on job-killing policies such as ‘cap-and-trade,’ ‘card check’ and the government takeover of health care,” Yoder said.

The GOP field is already crowded. Former state Sen. Nick Jordan, of Shawnee, former state Rep. Patricia Lightner, of Olathe, and candidates Daniel Gilyeat, John Rysavy and Tom Scherer are in the race. State Rep. Pat Colloton, Leawood, is also exploring a bid.

Among Democrats, Kansas City, Kan., Mayor Joe Reardon is considering a bid, and Carol Marinovich, a former Kansas City, Kan., mayor, has been mentioned as a possible candidate. Jasmin Talbert, of Overland Park, is running a campaign for the Libertarian Party.

Comments

finance 5 years, 6 months ago

And why am I not surprised? And we thought his sudden political conservatism was genuinely selfless. No, he sees votes...duh.

KS 5 years, 6 months ago

Isn't this the same guy that was head of the young Democrats when he went to KU? Hummmmm! Another RINO!

Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 5 years, 6 months ago

Yoder is a sleaze, as is Marinovich. They're both from the same political stable and it matters not what they call themselves, they're interchangeable and will do their masters' bidding. Joe Reardon is a decent man with a very pragmatic political background of trying to run a very underfunded political subdivision while pleasing a diverse constituency. He would be a good candidate.

redstater 5 years, 6 months ago

This race has needed a credible republican candidate. I feared we would trip over ourselves through the primary with retreads or never has beens that couldn't win against a Reardon or Marinovich. Made me sick to think that Pelosi might continue to count KS-3 in her column. With Yoder in the race those chances look much less likely... starting to feel like 1994 all over again?

MyName 5 years, 6 months ago

You may be feeling 1994, but it really depends on WTH the is economy doing as far as actually picking up any seats.

Also, it might help if the republicans actually had a plan of action instead of just the same old tired line. If the Republicans want to turn this seat, they're going to need a moderate, not someone who isn't a conservative shill.

And what is this RINO BS? This is classic GOP politics that has been around since Nixon. Veer right in the primary and then try and dash to the center. It should be clear to anyone paying attention that they'll all try and do this.

MyName 5 years, 6 months ago

Edit: not someone who IS a conservative shill...

texburgh 5 years, 6 months ago

Yes, KS, he was head of the Young Democrats at KU. Then moved to Johnson County and in his quest for office thought he needed to be a Republican - a moderate Republican. That's how he ran. Then he saw as a moderate Republican he could not be a big shot committee chair unless he was a neocon (i.e. anti-government zealot and devotee of Americans for Prosperity). He kissed Mike O'Neal's backside and pledged fealty. He was rewarded with a chairmanship where he has led the charge to defund public education, social services for the disabled and elderly, and supported a tax on state employees to pay for big corporate tax cuts (furlough state employees enough days to equal the phase out of the franchise tax and estate tax). He is a sleazy chameleon and is only interested in what gets him his next position of power. I say - go for it Kevin! You are so out of touch with Wyandotte, Douglas and Johnson Counties (with the exception of Olathe) that you will get trashed. Double benefit for the state - he's not in congress and he's out of the statehouse. Don't let the statehouse door hit you in the rear on the way out, Kevin!

Jimo 5 years, 6 months ago

"And what is this rino bs?"

A derogatory term used by ex-Dixiecrats to refer to Republicans who object to playing host to such parasites.

Jimo 5 years, 6 months ago

"“We deserve an experienced leader...."

Would someone describe the experience relevant to the subject of creating jobs?

I have no problem with people devoting their life to service in the government if they believe in government. How sad it is to spend your lifetime mucking around in government if your core message is that government is powerless to do anything but fail.

WilburM 5 years, 6 months ago

Texburgh has got it pretty much right. Kevin's been on an opportunistic, rightward-bound voyage for teh past ten years. He's a career politician at age 33, and he doesn't want to miss this opoportunity to move up. With moderates like Greg Musil opting out, let the groveling begin as Jordan, Yoder, and the rest suck up to the social conservatives of JoCo.

But the GOP primary electorate does not, ultimately , choose the winner in this congressional district. So we'll see the great (and predictable) Republican two-step -- move to the right till August, then dance a bit back to the center through November.

Like him or not, Moore has been a moderate and has reflected his constituents over the past 12 years (witness his reelection totals).

tscherer1 5 years, 6 months ago

Let me see if I got this right. There are RINOS and DINOS, NEOCONS, MODS, CONSERVATIVES and SOCIALIST OR PROGRESSIVE DEMS. There are centrists and liberals. We are right or left. Are they any other labels? And why are these labels not called universals?

Maybe it would help us put these labels into context by discussing the issues instead of a broad sweep of some label to an candidate.

In regard to Yoder, I was a KYD and delegate, as well as a causus parlimentarian. Then, I joined the GOP.

What Yoder and I call what we do, is being a leader. Try that label.. Then, ask what label do you apply to yourself when you blog about what the rest of us leaders are. So we all know.

tscherer1 5 years, 6 months ago

Let me see if I got this right. There are RINOS, DINOS, NEOCONS, MODS, CONSERVATIVES, SOCIALIST OR PROGRESSIVE DEMS. There are centrists and liberals. We are right or left. Are there any other labels? And why are these labels not called universals?

Maybe it would help us put these labels into context by discussing the issues instead of a broad sweep of some label to an candidate.

In regard to Yoder, I was a KYD and delegate, as well as a caucus parlimentarian. Then, I joined the GOP.

What Yoder and I call what we do, is being a leader. Try that label. Then, ask what label do you apply to yourself when you blog about what the rest of us leaders are. So we all know.

rockchalk2010 5 years, 5 months ago

Kevin Yoder is running for Congress because he wants to give Kansans what they are looking for, lower taxes and an emphasis on job creation. Fiscal responsibility is necessary to the success of our state and country. We need a representative who will stand up and say enough is enough to excess spending.

The recent election of Scott Brown in Massachusetts is just the beginning of our country sending a message to D.C. expressing our concern for the direction we are headed. 2010 will bring about positive and much needed changes with the help of Yoder leading the pack.

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