Archive for Sunday, December 19, 2010

Statehouse Live: Former Democratic legislator may run again, enlists Kobach’s help

December 19, 2010


— A former Democratic state senator from Wyandotte County, who has switched to the Republican Party, said Sunday that he may run for the position again, and Republican Secretary of State-elect Kris Kobach will be the chairman of his exploratory committee.

Mark Gilstrap served in the state senate for 12 years as a Democrat. He was defeated in the 2008 Democratic Party primary by Kelly Kultala. Gilstrap then switched to the Republican Party.

On Sunday, he announced that he is forming an exploratory committee for the Republican nomination to challenge Kultala.

Gilstrap said Kobach will serve as the honorary chairman of the committee. Both are from Piper. During the recent election, Gilstrap was co-chair of Kobach's secretary of state campaign in Wyandotte County.

The 5th Senate district covers western Wyandotte County, including Lansing and the city of Leavenworth.

Gilstrap's announcement came two days after another Wyandotte County state senator, Chris Steineger, left the Democratic Party to become a Republican.


parrothead8 7 years, 4 months ago

I don't see how Republicans are going to create jobs for the rest of us if Kris Kobach keeps taking every open position.

Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 7 years, 4 months ago

There is something wrong with our leadership in Topeka that two fine Democratic Senators have been driven from the party. There are now only 8 Democratic senators in Topeka. Eight. It's even more depressing over in the house. Hensley and Gates have to go. Maybe if they'd elected Steineger to the position when he tried there would be more of a Democratic presence in the senate today.

Gates just seems to be using his position as head of the party to get his law partners into the judiciary so that they can be indirect rainmakers for his law firm. We need someone running the Democratic Party who wants to advance a common sense moderate agenda, not his own self-aggrandizing greed.

Bob_Keeshan 7 years, 4 months ago

Mark Gilstrap was not driven from the party. There was a primary, he lost. Members of the party, including leaders, took sides.

Was Todd Tiahrt "driven from the party"? There was a primary, he lost. Members of the party, including leaders, took sides. Was Libby Ensley "driven from the party"? Leaders of the party definitely took sides in that one.

Gilstrap and Steineger lost a primary so decided to suck up to the majority party. That says something about them, not about other Democrats. Nobody "forced" either man out of the party.

Pretty bizarre opinion to think that a Democrat should never face a primary challenge in kansas.

wastewatcher 7 years, 4 months ago

Under the LIBERAL LEADERSHIP of Sebelius. Gates, Hensley and Davis the Dems in Kansas have become irrelevant. Their numbers are a low not seen in decades and their bench is weaker than ever. Yes, Gilstrap and Steinegar were run off so the ULTRA LIBERALS can run the party and you can see what is left, virtually nothing. SEBELIUS< GATES and HENSLEY ran for cover and feathered their own nest and screwed the Democrats for decades to come. The Kansas voters have spoken loud and clear and they did not even whisper Democrat.

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