Archive for Thursday, February 12, 2009

Executive director of Kansas Republican Party resigns

Christian Morgan, left, with Jim Barnett, Republican candidate for Kansas governor in 2006.

Christian Morgan, left, with Jim Barnett, Republican candidate for Kansas governor in 2006.

February 12, 2009


Christian Morgan, the Kansas Republican Party’s executive director since 2007, has resigned and will leave his post at the end of March.

He says he has three or four offers — both in politics and in the private sector — that he is currently considering. As new state party chairwoman Amanda Adkins lines up the next executive director, Morgan said he decided to make the announcement this week.

“It’s more than amicable. It was just one of those things Amanda and I had been talking about for a while,” said Morgan, a Lawrence resident and 2000 Kansas University graduate.

Morgan worked under former party chairman Kris Kobach, a conservative who has formed a campaign committee to run for secretary of state in 2010. Adkins, an executive for Cerner Corp., had no opposition when she won the party’s chairwoman position two weeks ago.

“Christian’s hard work, determination and tenacity led to the turnaround of state GOP headquarters during the last election cycle,” Adkins said in a statement. “I am excited to build upon the improvements that were already made at the Kansas Republican Party during the 2010 election cycle. I wish him well in his future endeavors.”

Adkins said she had already offered the job to a candidate who has accepted the position, but she said she would not make an an-nouncement until early March. She did say the candidate would come from a business background and have a profile nationally as well as within the state.

Morgan said a highlight during the past two years was helping Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins defeat incumbent Nancy Boyda in the 2nd District race in the November election. Jenkins had also defeated former Congressman Jim Ryun in a tough primary.

He said party leadership would likely need to use the same strategy to bridge moderate and conservative divisions in 2010 because Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt will face off in a primary for a U.S. Senate seat and current U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback and Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh have already both announced plans to seek the GOP nomination for governor.

Morgan is the second Lawrence resident since the November election to leave his post leading the day-to-day operations of a major party. Mike Gaughan in December moved from the Kansas Democratic Party’s executive director position to become a special assistant to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.


KansasVoter 8 years, 11 months ago

That's a shame. I've enjoyed watching him run the Kansas republican party into the ground. Hopefully his successor will pick up where he left off.

63BC 8 years, 11 months ago

771,000 registered GOP

484,000 registered DEM

McCain wins by 14

Roberts wins by 24

Moran and Tiahrt win in laughers

Jenkins beats Boyda in best national Democratic year in two generations.

31 of 40 State Senators

76 of 125 State Reps

"Kansas Republican Party into the ground?"


dagopman 8 years, 11 months ago

Of course Nancy Boyda was an absolute joke so that's nothing to brag about!

Mixolydian 8 years, 11 months ago

parrotuya (Anonymous) says…

More and bigger tax cuts!

Worked well for John Kennedy, one of the first proponents of targeted tax cuts to stimulate growth and prosperity.

1029 8 years, 11 months ago

This is very sad news. Morgan's quotes were truly bits of genius. He had a unique way of making us republicans feel better about ourselves, because everytime he opened his mouth we realized that we were just as intelligent and informed as he was. Thank you, Mr. Morgan. Sometimes I would feel like a undereducated simpleton, but then you would make a comment about something stupid that Sebelius did, and I would be like, well, he's just like me, he's one of us. It was a real boost to my self-esteem when times were rough. I think Mr. Morgan gave hope to a lot of Kansans because he showed that you don't have to be intelligent or insightful to ascend to the top of the Kansas Republican Party. Good luck to Ms. Adkins. We sure will miss you, Christian.

overthemoon 8 years, 11 months ago

771,000 registered GOP 484,000 registered DEM???


The election results tell a different story.

2004 d-Kerry 434,993 36.6 % R-George W. Bush 736,456 62.0 % 2008 D-Obama 514,765 41.6 % R-John McCain 699,655 56.6 % Democrats gained 5%, Repugs lost 5.4%...that would be a net swing of 10%. Fairly significant loss of Repug votes. Glad that 10% is coming around to reality of the 21st century.

overthemoon 8 years, 11 months ago

dang...that is so hard for me to remember. its just so contrary to common sense.

Left_handed 8 years, 11 months ago


The Democrats filibustered and blocked nearly every Bush judicial nominee and you accuse the Republicans of being obstructionist?

Typical Democrat hypocrisy.

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