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Republicans pledge unity at Victory Breakfast

August 4, 2010


— Republican Party members and their newly anointed candidates pledged Wednesday morning to make a “clean sweep” of Kansas races in the November general election.

GOP candidates — including lieutenant governor nominee Jeff Colyer, U.S. Senate nominee Jerry Moran and 3rd Congressional District nominee Kevin Yoder — spoke at a “Victory Breakfast” at the Overland Park Marriott, emphasizing the need for party unity this fall.

U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, Republican nominee for governor, was to speak at the event but had to fly early Wednesday to Washington, D.C., for a Senate vote. His running mate, Colyer, addressed the crowd.

“This is one of the fun times of being a Republican, a time when we can all come together,” he said.

Colyer said he had been on the losing end of a primary himself in the past, but it was important to support the Republican candidates moving forward.

“That next morning, I knew that there was a lot more that joined us together than separated us,” he said.

Colyer promised a “clean sweep” for Republicans in November, urging the crowd to cheer the phrase twice.

Moran discussed the need for change in the nation's government, saying he was concerned that many Kansans did not think their children would have a better life than they had.

“Whether it's Johnson County, Kansas, or Johnson City, Kansas, we live a lifestyle that is worth preserving,” he said.

Moran's opponent in a bruising primary, U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt of Goddard, did not attend the breakfast but pledged support for Moran.

"I do not want a Democrat senator from the state of Kansas,” Tiahrt told a Wichita audience overnight.

Yoder, who emerged as the winning candidate from a field of nine Republicans for the Congressional 3rd District, commended the other candidates on their hard work. At least four of his opponents, including former state Rep. Patricia Lightner, attended the event.

“The great thing about this campaign was all the candidates believe in less government, less spending,” Yoder said, adding he would continue to support these principles as he moved forward. “We need a unified party to beat Stephene Moore this November.”

Ronnie Metsker, Johnson County Republican Party Chairman, expressed his joy at the passing of the primary season. He noted the party had vowed not to promote any particular candidate before the primary.

“Thank the Lord we're past that now,” he said.

Metsker said taking back the 3rd District Congressional seat was of particular importance, noting the challenge was to find 35,000 extra votes to prevail over the Democratic voters in Douglas and Wyandotte counties.

“There is a central focus, and that is on the 3rd District because that's the race that needs help the most,” he said.


gatekeeper 7 years, 9 months ago

Party unity is the problem with politicians. Instead of doing what they know is in the best interest of the people, they just stick with party and vote however the party leadship tells them to vote.

Novel idea - think for yourselves and do what your constituents ask you to do. That's supposed to be your job.

Mike Ford 7 years, 9 months ago

what should be said at this meeting... let's hope we can keep selling our bs to the rural church attending xenophobic quasi patriotic I got mine kansans who've voted this way since alf landon.

cato_the_elder 7 years, 9 months ago

Beatrice, your last comment describes Obama, Pelosi, Reid et al. perfectly. Their sole motivation is the retention of power.

cato_the_elder 7 years, 9 months ago

LittleBoy, the motivation relating to retention of power isn't with me. It's with Obama, Pelosi, and Reid, as I said.

Katara 7 years, 9 months ago

If these Republicans were as fiscally conservative as they claim, they would have just had a Victory snack.

texburgh 7 years, 9 months ago

Yoder is quoted saying, “The great thing about this campaign was all the candidates believe in less government, less spending.” Hmmmm. How does this explain the Yoder budget offered in the 2010 legislature that depended on massive local property tax increases?

And this unity breakfast confounds me. Where is their good buddy Kris Kobach? Wasn't he once the chairman of their party? Why do they suddenly distance themselves from Kris. Didn't they invite him? Why no mention of him? Could it be that unity only goes so far? Frankly Kobach is the poster boy for this group. He is the pride and joy of the Republican party in Kansas.

Lindsey Buscher 7 years, 9 months ago

"I do not want a Democrat senator from the state of Kansas,”...

does not sound like unity at all. Just sounds like the same divisive partisan bs to me.

CLARKKENT 7 years, 9 months ago




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