Lawrence and Douglas County

Lawrence and Douglas county

Brownback rallies party faithful at GOP barbecue

July 12, 2009


U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, Republican candidate for the 2010 governor’s race, speaks to about 150 people at a Leavenworth County Republican Party barbecue Saturday at VFW Park in Tonganoxie.

U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, Republican candidate for the 2010 governor’s race, speaks to about 150 people at a Leavenworth County Republican Party barbecue Saturday at VFW Park in Tonganoxie.

U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback called for party unity while speaking at a Leavenworth County Republican Party barbecue Saturday in Tonganoxie.

Brownback, presently the lone candidate for governor in the 2010 race, noted that in the past 50 years, of 11 Kansas governors, six have been Democrats in a predominately red state.

“If Republicans are fighting, we can’t win,” Brownback said to more than 150 people at the event. “If Republicans aren’t fighting, we can’t lose.”

Platform issues

Brownback, running unopposed after fellow Republican and current Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh recently dropped out, also voiced opposition to cap-and-trade legislation. As for energy policy, he said the environment was important, but should be met with “innovation and investment” and not taxation.

As for President Barack Obama’s nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court, Brownback said he opposes Sotomayor because he thinks she legislates from the bench.

“If she wants to be a legislator, run for office,” Brownback said.

Several Republican candidates joined Brownback at the function, including Todd Tiahrt, current U.S. representative who is running for Brownback’s soon-to-be vacant Senate seat, and Kris Kobach and J.R. Claeys, who are running for secretary of state.

Kobach is a former Kansas Republican Party chairman, while Claeys is a Salina businessman. Claeys said he wants to “cut red tape” in Kansas if elected and outlined some of his principles: protecting the unborn, growing the number of jobs in the state and “getting Kansas out of this (economic) slump.”

Kobach, noting he lived just 8 miles from Tonganoxie to the east, said he was running for secretary of state because he wanted to fight voter fraud. He spoke critically of ACORN, a grassroots community advocacy organization of low- and moderate-income people, and the election of Democrat Al Franken as U.S. senator from Minnesota. The Minnesota Supreme Court recently determined Franken the winner of a tightly contested November 2008 race against Republican incumbent Norm Coleman, a nearly eight-month saga complete with a recount.

Election identification

Kobach told the group he would fight for the requirement of providing proof of citizenship at election booths. He said photo identification is required when boarding a plane or buying certain spray paints and medication. He wants the same when trying to combat voter fraud.

A professor of law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kobach kept the mood light with a political joke. He asked what President Obama and God had in common, with the punchline being neither has a birth certificate.

The difference between the two? God only takes 10 percent of a person’s income, Kobach joked.

Tiahrt told Republicans in Tonganoxie he would fight for Kansas jobs if elected to the U.S. Senate and spoke about working in Washington, D.C., or, as he called it, “Disneyland East.”

Jerry Moran, Tiahrt’s opponent in the 2010 Republican primary, could not attend because of a previous engagement, but a Moran staffer was at the event.

A handful of other legislators from Leavenworth County, as well as U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, spoke to the crowd. Jenkins said she was a proud member of the party of “no,” adding she was saying no to “bad legislation.”

She said the country’s condition wasn’t ideal when President Obama took office, adding “I think Republicans spent too much” also. But she’s concerned about the direction the Obama administration and Democrat-controlled Congress has gone in the last six months, “in charge of the whole kit and caboodle.”

Leavenworth County Republican chairman John Bradford said he was impressed with Saturday’s turnout.

“I think it’s fabulous,” Bradford said. “Beyond any of my expectations.”


leftylucky 8 years, 10 months ago

deskboy04 8 years, 10 months ago

It doesn't sound like a group that has a lot of good ideas.

esteshawk 8 years, 10 months ago

Hate it break to you folks, but Brownback is your next Gov. Kansas is not purple. Douglas County is "blue", but the rest of the state is still very much right wing christian republican.

Kryptenx 8 years, 10 months ago

I wouldn't speak so soon esteshawk. Then again, if you have trouble formulating coherent sentences you probably don't have much credibility in predicting future political turnouts either.

Phillbert 8 years, 10 months ago

"A professor of law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kobach kept the mood light with a political joke. He asked what President Obama and God had in common, with the punchline being neither has a birth certificate."

Ha,'s funny because it's an outright lie.

Weezy_Jefferson 8 years, 10 months ago

Aw, man.....the title of this story misled me. I thought the GOP was being barbecued.

Corey Williams 8 years, 10 months ago

Wow Tom, you can post something without saying something about the far-left, liberal, blah blah blah blah media. Good for you.

Kathy Theis-Getto 8 years, 10 months ago

NancyBOY: A response to you is not usually worth my time, however, I would really like to help you understand these things so I suggest you read up on Sammy's affiliations with Opus Dei, The Fellowship and many more.

Yes, it is terrifying he could run this state and it should terrify you as well. You will soon learn you are not, nor never will be a part of Sammy's elitist "cell" which strives to impose their beliefs on the majority. God's chosen, you know - and you do not belong.

Food for thought:

" 'Communists use cells as their basic structure,' declares a confidential Fellowship document titled 'Thoughts on a Core Group.' "The mafia operates like this, and the basic unit of the Marine Corps is the four-man squad. Hitler, Lenin and many others understood the power of a small group of people.'

Under Reagan, Fellowship cells quietly arranged meetings between administration officials and leaders of Salvadoran death squads, and helped funnel military support to Siad Barre, the brutal dictator of Somalia, who belonged to a prayer cell of American senators and generals.

Scary? Hell yes it is. Remain ignorant in your anti-choice, anti-gay, anti-constitution, communist stance.

Scott Drummond 8 years, 10 months ago

Let's play - "which ruinous platform will the republicans run on:"

a. destruction of the economy and deregulated failure to protect the citizenry

b. subversion of constitutional rights and domestic spying

c. regulation of your private life and organized assassins for those who disagree.

Ooops, trick question, the correct answer is all three.

pace 8 years, 10 months ago

The party of no? When will we look at their "new" programs and policies to fix the economy. If republicans continue to believe that one man, Bush or Obama can repair the country then they will lose. Everyone has to step up to the plate, we need to change things. We need to clean up Congress, Whining their way to office is really stupid plan. Brownback is such a old boy, people don't believe we should continue on the same path, where the consumer gets shafted, where we invest waning capitol in depleting reserves, leaving our children with new infrastructure for old energy sources. Republicans have fought sustainable energy for decades. The plan to sell us oil/coal energy at steadily increasing price and profit. We don't need short sighted profit schemes, we need long term planning and investment for a healthy strong country. Brownback isn't going that way.

verity 8 years, 10 months ago

Yes, the idea of some of the people named in this article gaining public office in Kansas does scare me.

Especially scary is the idea of Brownback becoming governor. Anyone who wants to be knowledgeable about Brownback should do some research as to his religious beliefs and the objectives of Opus Dei, one of the the religious organizations of which he is a member. They do not believe in democracy, they believe in forcing their minority theological beliefs on the majority. And they believe in doing in a very underhanded and sneaky way, as they know it wouldn't be accepted if people knew what they are about.

There is a Rolling Stone article posted online Jan 25, 2006 entitled "God's Senator" by Jeff Sharlet. It's very interesting and, for those of you who will automatically discredit everything Rolling Stone says, it is a basis for more research.

verity 8 years, 10 months ago

Oops, should be an "it" between doing and in.

SpeedRacer 8 years, 10 months ago

"Brownback rallies party faithful at GOP barbecue"

So, there are only 150 party faithful left?

supertrampofkansas 8 years, 10 months ago

Hey Logic,

Yeah I did a double on those same comments but I was thinking that he was talking about how the Republican party is splintered into different factions that fight against each other. Brownback is asking all Republicans to unite under his banner. As far as anyone being afraid of anything, I would think it would be the Kansas Republican Party with Brownback and Kobach trying to lead the way. Not exactly a winning combination if history is any kind of guide to the future.

63BC 8 years, 10 months ago

I love it when liberals in Lawrence try to beat up on Sam Brownback for being mean or uneducated.

He was President of his Law School KU!

Get a grip, people.

Maddy Griffin 8 years, 10 months ago

Why are the lefties scared of articles like this.? Look at the idiots the GOP ran in the last election.I saw McCain this morning defending Palin for quitting her governorship after 2 1/2 years saying he didn't believe she had made any promises to her constituency. Doesn't it go without saying that when you are elected to office, you are pledging to work for them for however long the term of office is??! This same woman quit 5 different colleges in pursuit of a communications degree. I wouldn't elect her dogcatcher. It's scary to see who the GOP will try to throw at us next. Brownback is an idiot. I wouldn't elect him vice-dogcatcher, either.

63BC 8 years, 10 months ago

So far, the commenters on this board have referred to this man as "a twit" "an idiot" and a "terrorist[s]"

Just to review the facts:

Student Body President K-State

Law School Class President, KU

Kansas Secretary of Agriculture

White House Fellow in the office of the US Trade Representative

US Congressman

US Senator

At every stage of his life, the people who know him have trusted him with positions of leadership and always---without fail---returned him to those positions or promoted him.


Do any of the epithets on this board fit with the facts of who this guy is or what he has accomplished?

The name-callers betray only their own prejudice and ignorance.

Seriously, you folks are what's wrong with politics. Disagree, but give the man his due and try to show a bit of class.

Kathy Theis-Getto 8 years, 10 months ago

You forgot to list The Fellowship That is who the guy really is.

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