Archive for Monday, August 16, 2010

Kansas GOP showing political unity

Moderates line up behind Brownback for governor

August 16, 2010


Do the math. Of Kansas’ 1.7 million registered voters, there are 745,000 Republicans and 460,000 Democrats. In fact there are more unaffiliated voters — 490,000 — than registered Democrats.

Because of the huge disadvantage in voter registration, Kansas Democrats have always had to win so-called moderate Republican and independent voters to be successful in statewide races.

Former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius made a career out of it, most notably in 2002 when some moderate Republicans voted for her instead of conservative Republican Tim Shallenburger.

But Sam Brownback, a U.S. senator and by almost all accounts considered a member of the conservative wing of Republican Party, appears to have the moderate Republicans in his camp, which is bad news for his Democratic opponent, Tom Holland, a state senator from Baldwin City.

Exhibit A: Former state House Speaker Kent Glasscock and former Senate Majority Leader Lana Oleen were cheering Brownback on at a Brownback stop in Manhattan last week. Both were considered moderate Republicans during their time in the Legislature.

“He’s definitely got his finger on the pulse,” Oleen said of Brownback.

Glasscock said Brownback’s campaign themes are pitch perfect for the times.

“The message that has always brought all Republicans together is a focus on fiscal responsibility, economic growth, opportunity, responsibility and accountability,” Glasscock said. “Senator Brownback clearly has those five pillars of Republican thought as the foundation for his campaign,” he said.

His message also is devoid of talk about socially charged issues such as abortion, which Brownback opposes.

Exhibit B: Even Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, considered a mainstay in the moderate camp, has sung Brownback’s praises.

“Sam will work diligently to promote job growth and high quality education, the cornerstones of a vibrant Kansas economy,” Praeger said.

But Holland’s campaign says Holland will get support from moderates, Democrats and independents.

“Of course statewide Republican operatives have to endorse the statewide Republican candidate. But Tom Holland isn’t listening to the partisan players, Tom is listening to the people,” said Holland’s campaign spokesman Seth Bundy.

“People across this state — moderates, independents and Democrats — know that we can’t let the failed policies of Washington take hold in Kansas,” Bundy said.

Democrats also are saying Brownback’s votes while in Congress undercut his message about wanting to help Kansas.

Brownback voted against federal stimulus dollars that have gone to help public schools, Medicaid and numerous public works projects in the state.

But Glasscock said it’s government spending that is turning off Republican voters.

“His (Brownback’s) message is absolutely on target with what Republicans across the state truly believe,” he said.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 10 months ago

It's all about money. High-profile "moderate" Republicans know that Sam can be a conduit for cash for anyone who supports him. But that's not the case for the average "moderate" Republican voter, so it's not really a done deal until the election.

getreal 7 years, 10 months ago

I just love it when these elected republicans talk about spending, yet they and their families have been receiving pay from us taxpayers almost their entire lives. They sure don't mind us spending on them, just don't ask for our schools to be funded. Is that the government spending we should be very afraid of Mr. Glasscock? Because after all it is the state's largest responsibility. Apparently there are no moderates in the Republican party left, they would rather suck up to Brownback than stand by their schools. Glad I left the party and I'm NEVER going back.

BigAl 7 years, 10 months ago

Brownback is against stimulus money but apparently he continues to be willing to accept money from farm subsidies. Brownback, millionaire farmer, receives farm subsidies? But he is against schools and other public facilities receiving aid. Typical.

And the Kansas republican party will not even question him about this. By the way, what is the difference between farm subsidies and stimulus money?

BigAl 7 years, 10 months ago

Good Mornin' Tom. Yes, Kansas is heavy in agriculture but that still doesn't excuse the fact that Brownback is accepting farm aid when he obviously doesn't need it. But yet, he feels free to slam the stimulus money?

Centerville 7 years, 10 months ago

I"ll bet this is giving those R squishes in Johnson County some well-deserved heartburn.

olddognewtrix 7 years, 10 months ago

The reporter of this story failed to note that bothGlasscock and Oleen were partypowers only during the Graves administration, and no longer are considered moderate leaders. Oleen is a professional lobbyist who wil obviously suck up to who ever appears to be leading.Glasscock is agifted grifter for loose local goveenment change as the head of the infamous NASTIC corporation that was very heavily criticized by the exit audit of the KSU presidents office. The organization Glasscock runs was in the business of receiving patents gifted by major corporations to KSU, and then giving them to "pup" companies in which Wefald and Krause were major stockholders. Those "pup" companies then sold their stock to major corporations with handsome profits to Wefald, Krause has come under major criticism by City commissioners who don't like the fast and loose playing with local economic developmewnt funds.So, the endorsement of Brownback by Glasscock and Oleen has a definitedownside for residents of Manhattan and KSU supporters.

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tir 7 years, 10 months ago

Don't believe him for one second. He's is merely talking like a moderate during his campaign merely to win votes. He knows what people want to hear and he's happy to feed them whatever line it will take to convince them to vote for him. But underneath it all, Brownback is just as hard-line and right-wing as ever. A wolf in moderate's clothing.

jayhawklawrence 7 years, 10 months ago

We have not heard enough about Tom Holland to be printing this type of article unless the Journal World has already made up it's mind.

I don't know yet who I am going to vote for, but I don't think we know enough about Tom Holland or Brownback.

There are a lot of unanswered questions about the issues.

Janet Lowther 7 years, 10 months ago

I voted in the last Republican primary, voting for the least objectionable candidates, so I guess they'll be counting me as a Republican nowadays.

However, Sandy Praeger is the only one of 'em I'll actually be voting for in November.

Since the State runs and pays for the primaries they should be open to all comers, with all candidates from both established parties on the same ballot, with the highest vote total for candidates in their respective parties going to the general election ballot.

Since he started the general election campaign Sam's been saying some pretty good things, but his record in the Senate puts the lie to his libertarian-like talk.

Richard Heckler 7 years, 10 months ago

GOP showing unity is nothing more than the media calling them sheep.

Brownback can come out as uninformed if one checks out what he says.

Taxpayers would be better off to get this man off the tax dollar payroll. After all he claims to dislike big government yet has remained in the party that has made big government even larger.

That is fraud.

pace 7 years, 10 months ago

If they can all just get together to combat the horrific level of voter fraud in Kansas maybe they will all go away.

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