Archive for Sunday, November 29, 2009

Moore’s departure leaves seat up for grabs by GOP

Additional candidates eye running in 3rd District

November 29, 2009


On the street

With the retirement of U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore, what characteristics would you like to see in a new congressman?

Honesty, integrity, spending constraint. We’re all cutting back. The government needs to, too. I’m just tired of Washington spending like a bunch of drunken sailors.

More responses

It could be considered the equivalent of a political “free-for-all.”

When six-term Democratic Congressman Dennis Moore last week announced he would not run for re-election, party leaders mentioned dozens of names as possible replacements.

His retirement has opened up the 3rd District congressional seat — which includes eastern Douglas, Wyandotte and Johnson counties — and The Cook Political Report even shifted it from a “likely Democratic” seat to a “toss-up.”

After Moore’s announcement, the potential Republican field attracted the most names last week, including former State Sen. Nick Jordan, R-Shawnee, who lost in 2008 by 16 points to Moore.

The district also went for Obama in 2008, especially because of high presidential election year turnout in Wyandotte and Douglas counties. “It’s not a slam dunk for the Republicans,” said Bob Beatty, a Washburn University associate political science professor.

But those likely in the GOP field say it will be a new ball game in 2010, especially in a midyear congressional election.

“That was kind of a wind we were running against. That was very difficult,” Jordan said of the 2008 campaign with Obama on the presidential ballot.

The 2008 GOP nominee in the district saw some polling start to tip in his favor before Moore dropped out. Then last Monday when the incumbent announced he wouldn’t run, Jordan said he was officially back in.

Jordan will also have more competition in a primary than he did in 2008.

Two Republican state legislators, Rep. Kevin Yoder, the House appropriations chairman, and Rep. Pat Colloton, who was chairwoman for John McCain’s campaign in the district last year, have formed exploratory committees.

Before Moore’s announcement, the four Republicans in the running were former state Rep. Patricia Lightner, Daniel Gilyeat, John Rysavy and Tom Scherer, of Merriam, who ran for the GOP nomination in 2006.

According to campaign finance records, Lightner, who served in the Kansas House from 1999 to 2004, had raised $26,510 from individuals in the race, the most among the three candidates.

“While I welcome any new competitors,” Lightner said, “I think the voters will respond to a candidate who has been consistently campaigning on conservative principles for months.”

Scherer, a writer, has campaigned on creating a heavy rail transport system.

“I think if the public will support it, it will unite us as a nation,” he said.

Other potential Republican candidates could come forward in coming weeks.

The Democrats likely would have kept the seat if Moore didn’t retire, pundits said. They still could keep it based on how successful moderates have been there, Beatty said.

Not as many Democratic names surfaced last week, but party leaders said Kansas City, Kan., Mayor Joe Reardon or state Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, might be among the options.

“It has to be a moderate Democrat who is fiscally conservative, who pretty much votes the district,” said Larry Gates, the Kansas Democratic Party chairman, who has a Johnson County law office.


Neomarxist123 8 years, 4 months ago

Refused to meet with his district over the summer for town hall meetings.

Voting for the entire Obama-Pelosi-Reid agenda while coming from a centrist district.

Yeah - Moore would have had a tough time.

nbnozzy 8 years, 4 months ago

If she lives within the district boundaries, I'd like to see Sandy Praeger run for Moore's seat in Congress.

63BC 8 years, 4 months ago

"It has to be a moderate Democrat who is fiscally conservative."

Unlike Moore, who voted for the bailout, the stimulus, the record debt and spending of the Obama budget, cap and trade and the public option health care bill.

This year, he voted with Pelosi over 98% of the time.

Undoubtedly, the next Democratic candidate will claim to be "fiscally conservative."

Moore used to claim that too. How about a Republican for a change?

matchbox81 8 years, 4 months ago

Heck, I just want someone that's willing to buck party trends. It seems like our (Kansas) republican caucus follows the party line just as much as Moore's accused of following the democratic line. I want my rep to speak for me, and not just follow the party chairman or some type of "purity" test.

gccs14r 8 years, 4 months ago

"How about a Republican for a change?"

They've done enough damage, thanks.

MyName 8 years, 4 months ago

It's not that hard of an election to gauge once you get out of the primaries. If a conservative wins the Republican primary, especially a social conservative, then the Democrat has a better than even chance to win. If a moderate Republican wins, then the Democrat has a better than even chance of losing, though the electorate is probably in a win-win situation in that case.

Jimo 8 years, 4 months ago

"This year, he voted with Pelosi over 98% of the time."

That is, he voted with obstructionist, do-nothing Republicans 2% of the time. About time he retired!

"Undoubtedly, the next Democratic candidate will claim to be “fiscally conservative.”"

We all know that there are no fiscal conservatives. We have tax and spend Dems and borrow and spend Repubs.

Cait McKnelly 8 years, 4 months ago

Buh! I'm so ticked at Sandy Praegar I can't see straight. I wouldn't vote for her for dog catcher anymore and I have voted for her in the past; one of the few Republicans I have voted for because she was a moderate. Note the was. By the way, Jimo, I say, "Tax and spend Democrats or don't tax and still spend Republicans." The only difference is what they spend it on. One tries to feed and take care of poor people, the other tries to feed and take care of billionaires. Moore refused to do town hall meetings because he received death threats and he thought the responsible thing to do to protect himself and others was to not give someone a public forum to commit murder. After the Tiller shooting moderate lefties are scared with reason. This state gets crazier by the day between the tin foil hats and people thinking they can commit "justifiable" homicide. It will be interesting to see if Moore's seat turns into another NY 23ed.

leedavid 8 years, 4 months ago


"How about a Republican for a change?”

They've done enough damage, thanks.

Uh Dennis Moore was a republican? Who knew? I mean we could not have done any worse than what Dennis Moore has done. And more importantly, not done. No jobs for Kansas, no federal funds, nothing nada, zippo.

wastewatcher 8 years, 4 months ago

Lets hope the Democrats come up with a moderate candidate for this seat, not someone like LIBERAL LAURA KELLY that they have put up to run against Lynn Jenkins. We need someone to represent Kansas values not LIBERAL New Yorkers like LIBERAL LAURA.

texburgh 8 years, 4 months ago

Great. Now we can be shafted by all six members of our congressional delegation and not just five. Working Kansans will have no one to vote in favor of health insurance or workplace safety or fair wages or quality schools or anything else tied to economic advances.

Orwell 8 years, 4 months ago

Yeah, we need more people like Lynn Jenkins to vote against children's health care and against equal pay for equal work. Someone who can campaign against earmarks and then brag about her own earmarks.

Great idea there, waste.

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