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Thornburgh joins Brownback staff for governor’s race

September 3, 2009


Thornburgh joins Brownback campaign

Two Kansas political leaders have gone from rivals to teammates. Enlarge video

— One-time rivals, Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh and Sen. Sam Brownback announced Thursday they will work together on Brownback’s bid to be the next Kansas governor.

At an event at Republican party headquarters, Brownback introduced Thornburgh as a campaign co-chairman, praising him for his dedication to the party and the state.

“This party’s coming together, and it’s for the good of Kansas, it’s for the good of the party, and it’s for the good of our future,” said Brownback, a fiscal and social conservative.

He is leaving his seat in the U.S. Senate to run for the open governor’s post. Thornburgh ended his own bid for the GOP nomination for governor this summer and is not seeking re-election as secretary of state.

“It’s not the opportunity that I thought I was going to have this year, but I’m OK with that,” Thornburgh said. “I’m thrilled to be here today.”

Democratic Gov. Mark Parkinson, who took over when Kathleen Sebelius resigned in April to become U.S. secretary of health and human services, has said he will not seek re-election in 2010.

Kenny Johnston, executive director of the Kansas Democratic Party, dismissed Thursday’s announcement, saying an endorsement from Thornburgh doesn’t change Brownback’s image. Brownback has been opposed to abortion, stem cell research, closing the detention center at Guantanamo Bay and President Barack Obama’s efforts to reform health care.

“Sen. Brownback is trying to reinvent himself,” Johnston said. “No matter how many endorsements he gets, Kansas voters won’t forget his extreme record.”

Thornburgh’s endorsement is the second from a prominent, moderate Republican in the past two weeks for Brownback. Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger gave her support to Brownback’s campaign on Aug. 28. Praeger is seeking her third term as insurance commissioner after serving in the Kansas Senate.


bangaranggerg 8 years, 9 months ago

"Democrats need not announce a candidate."

/ Fixed it.

Richard Heckler 8 years, 9 months ago

Brownback is a member of the party that sat back and blindly followed the Bush/Cheney admin into our current economic fiasco.

Mortgage Meltdown by Bush admin( Jeb Bush and George Walker were on the payroll of Lehman Bros when it went down)

Notice the striking similarities between the 1980 home loan scandal and Bush/Cheney/Repub party economic scandal

In the early 1980s, under Reagan, regulatory changes took place that gave the S&L industry new powers and for the first time in history measures were taken to increase the profitability of S&Ls at the expense of promoting home ownership.

A history of the S&L situation can be found here:

What is important to note about the S&L scandal is that it was the largest theft in the history of the world and US tax payers are who was robbed.

The problems occurred in the Savings and Loan industry as they relate to theft because the industry was deregulated under the Reagan/Bush administration and restrictions were eased on the industry so much that abuse and misuse of funds became easy, rampant, and went unchecked.

Additional facts on the Savings and Loan Scandal can be found here:

There are several ways in which the Bush family plays into the Savings and Loan scandal, which involves not only many members of the Bush family but also many other politicians that are still in office and still part of the Bush Jr. administration today. Jeb Bush, George Bush Sr., and his son Neil Bush have all been implicated in the Savings and Loan Scandal, which cost American tax payers over $1.4 TRILLION dollars (note that this is about one quarter of our national debt).

kusp8 8 years, 9 months ago

Brownback's a nice man, horrible politician.

LogicMan 8 years, 9 months ago

My tea leaves say ...

Hello Lt. Governor Ron Thornburgh!

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