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State Sen. Schodorf says she is leaving GOP

September 2, 2012


— Veteran moderate Republican State Sen. Jean Schodorf has announced she is leaving the GOP after being targeted this year by conservative groups who back Gov. Sam Brownback and losing to a conservative in the primary.

The Wichita Eagle reported that Schodorf, the chairwoman of the Kansas Senate Education Committee, said Saturday she plans to change her voter registration in the near future and become a Democrat or an independent.

“My family has been Republican since Lincoln — since the party started,” said Schodorf, who was defeated last month by Wichita City Council member Michael O’Donnell. “My parents, my grandparents, my great-grandparents were all Republicans. But it’s changed. There’s no room for people who actually think in moderation.”

Schodorf has held the seat since 2001 and served 12 years on the Wichita school board. But O’Donnell had the backing of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and benefited from independent advertising by the anti-tax, small-government group Americans for Prosperity.

Schodorf was called a “taxing queen” in one campaign mailer, while her 27-year-old challenger was portrayed in a mailing as “Mikey” the baby.

“I kept thinking, ‘We’re in the same party. Why are we crucifying ourselves?’ “ said Schodorf, who is looking into starting a blog aimed at moderate Kansans.

Terese Johnson, the Sedgwick County Democratic Party chairwoman, said she hopes Schodorf becomes a Democrat.

“We would welcome Jean with open arms,” she said. “I think Jean would be an asset to any party. It will be a great loss to the GOP.”

Although she said she knows of no other elected Republicans who have left their party, Johnson said, “from what I understand, there are many moderate-thinking Republicans who think they are no longer welcome in their party.”

Bob Dool, chairman of the county Republican Party, said the party welcomes moderates.

“We have Libertarians, we have tea party people, and we have moderates,” he said. “We don’t exclude anybody.”


kuguardgrl13 5 years, 8 months ago

“We have Libertarians, we have tea party people, and we have moderates,” he said. “We don’t exclude anybody.”

...except democrats, socialists, communists, and dictators.

Brock Masters 5 years, 8 months ago

So does the democrat party include communist and dictators? If not then what is your point ?

John Hamm 5 years, 8 months ago

Democrats are welcome but I doubt if Socialists, communists and dictators are - that's whom we're fighting against......

globehead 5 years, 8 months ago

"that's whom we're fighting against......"

Yes! I believe Cervantes wrote about your fight over 400 years ago, but he would have said "who", and in Spanish of course.

Sparko 5 years, 8 months ago

The GOP is chock full of those, eh? Especially the dictators. Makes party picnics pretty loud. . .

Steve Jacob 5 years, 8 months ago

"There’s no room for people who actually think in moderation.”

Liberty275 5 years, 8 months ago

That part had to be a mistake. left wingers think in moderation all the time. If they were to stop moderating their thoughts, they'd be libertarians and people wouldn't call them dumb all the time.

jonas_opines 5 years, 8 months ago

When you reach a certain degree of "wingerness", or perhaps "wingerocity", there's not really any difference between left and right. You bend so far, the two ends wind up touching.

Mike Ford 5 years, 8 months ago

The Kansas GOP calling people names like the first poster is hilarious because there is no factual basis in the labeling this party uses. Just lunacy believed by their reality based constituency (laugh).

question4u 5 years, 8 months ago

Everybody sucks except people who think as you do? Well, that makes things easy.

If you want the real insight on the complexities of American politics, skip the politicians themselves, ignore the political analysts, forget the sociologists, turn a deaf ear to journalists. The most brilliant observations will always come from a football coach who begins his statements with "Wah."

headdoctor 5 years, 8 months ago

If you coach football like you understand politics I feel sorry for what ever team you are coach of. I hope it isn't one of the Lawrence schools.

Liberty275 5 years, 8 months ago

"The closest thing to a real so-called "moderate" is a Libertarian."

Comparing libertarians and moderates is like comparing peppers and inches. One is a philosophy, the other a degree. If you cannot understand the difference then your opinion regarding which people also "suck" is based on a premise you lack the ability to prove and therefore false.

You simply aren't smart enough to know whether libertarians "suck".

I suggest you never use the word "libertarian" again.

beatrice 5 years, 8 months ago

"Comparing libertarians and moderates is like comparing peppers and inches. One is a philosophy, the other a degree."

Really? I thought one was a vegetable that can be ground into a spice, while the other was a form of measurement.

Libertarians must suck at measuring out spices.

David Albertson 5 years, 8 months ago

The GOP is slowly but surely pushing moderates and independents away. In red states like Kansas they can afford a couple percentage points. In swing states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Nevada it can be detrimental. That's why you see Obama ahead in those states even though unemployment is still above 8%. The GOP's steady march to the right is going to cost them the presidential election in a year that should have been an easy win. The only people that like extremism are extremists themselves and wouldn't consider voting for another party regardless of the issues. In short, the GOP is shooting themselves in the foot.

JackMcKee 5 years, 8 months ago

Take a gander at the train wreck that was the GOP convention. That is a political party in rapid decline.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 5 years, 8 months ago

They may be in decline, but they won't hit rock bottom for some time to come.

rtwngr 5 years, 8 months ago

You libs can say what you want. All of us that pay taxes are sick of supporting you that don't. Safety nets are one thing but the entitlement mentality needs to end. Government is not meant to provide whatever you dream up that you need. What you call "rights" generally cost us taxpayers money. What you refuse to admit is that the spending cannot go on forever. We finally reached a point where the national debt equals the GDP. Every state that is running a surplus is being run by a republican. BTW - In case you hadn't heard, one of the Koch brothers came out in favor of gay marriage. That should cheer you up. :-)

Bob_Keeshan 5 years, 8 months ago

"All of us that pay taxes..."

No one believes you pay taxes. You certainly don't pay enough to make up for all the government benefits you're living off of.

uncleandyt 5 years, 8 months ago

I just read somewhere that the spending can indeed go on! We just need to redirect the funds to private companies. Think of the money path. Money spent is also money received. It doesn't just go away. Well, sometimes, OK, alot of times, money may take an extended vacation to a nice place in the Caribbean, but it's still there. So don't worry about that. We can privatize schools, hospitals, police, prisons, military, post office, what else??, help me, I'm stuck. But, the point is that there's all kinds of money out there that hasn't had a vacation. It would like to get out of the country for a while, live it up.

Liberty275 5 years, 8 months ago

Why wouldn't a Koch brother be in favor of gay marriage. They are libertarians.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 5 years, 8 months ago

Entirely about sour grapes. Had she won, she'd be a proud republican.

Also: The GOP didn't vote her out. The voters did that. The voters can't tolerate candidates who actually think, nor can they tolerate moderate thinking.

tomatogrower 5 years, 8 months ago

You need to do a little reading. A lot of people vote nowadays, Republican, Democrats and Independents, on name recognition. The more money you have to make commercials, especially those who insult your opponent, true or not, wins the day. It's sad, but true.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 5 years, 8 months ago

And I think you just verified my point: "A lot of people vote... on name recognition", and that's a choice that the voters make. She didn't get voted out by the name recognition police, she was voted out by the voters.

cowboy 5 years, 8 months ago

Wheres all this welfare rtwngr talks about. Crap im a dem and have to work everyday , never collected a gov benefit , pay taxes at a higher rate than Romney , run my own business and create local jobs. Man I'm missin out huh , or I'm just normal and rtwngr is full of republican class crapola.

John Hamm 5 years, 8 months ago

No, I'd say you are an exception to the rule.

Liberty275 5 years, 8 months ago

Did you vote in favor of additional taxes to fund the library or Tbus?

Clearly4Kansas 5 years, 8 months ago

I think it's good for both parties to have clearly defined distinctions. Jean has always been a democrat in principle and it's good for her to finally be honest about it. Others should and will follow her lead.

tomatogrower 5 years, 8 months ago

So, Republicans should toe the party line on everything? They should be told how to vote, not by the people they represent, but by the party? At least the Republican party hasn't started killing or throwing people in jail who don't vote their way. At least, not yet.

uncleandyt 5 years, 8 months ago

Don't blame the party. ALEC bribed them. I've heard that many of our representatives did not go to college. They might not know what bribery is. They might not understand the language in the model legislation. They know good eatin' and an open bar. Yachts are cool. And we can't really blame ALEC, They're just offering suggestions(with steaks and outings) What would Jesus do? Let's ask , ... Jesus, is bribery a sin if your only getting chicks and lobster?

Shelley Bock 5 years, 8 months ago

So, political parties should be ideologically pure with a narrow spectrum of interest? Look what goes on in Europe. Narrow scope and unable to compromise or work out legislation that 80% of the population believes is 80% acceptable and gets instead, legislation that only 51% believes is 90-95% acceptable.

I have never believed that 100% of what I want in government policy is correct. In fact, I've often believed that I could be wrong and value the input of the "other side" as a necessary part of the process. I think I'm correct in my opinions, but I, unlike some, don't think that it it should be "my way or the highway". Compromise has been a positive features of American politics that has been disappearing. Unless Americans can cut away from the extremes, we face tyranny by the few.

verity 5 years, 8 months ago

". . . we face tyranny by the few."


And only those who can't think for themselves and/or fear realizing they might be wrong won't listen to and consider other points of view. Intransigence rarely if ever leads to good government or good anything.

uncleandyt 5 years, 8 months ago

An ideology in motion Getting righter, Getting tighter. It's a big tent though, and the politicians who aren't comfortable in such a big tent are free to become part of the trending and bold new right-of-center Left.

verity 5 years, 8 months ago

"trending and bold new right-of-center left."

That pretty much sums it up!

Scott Morgan 5 years, 8 months ago

You pro Obama folks are whistling through the graveyard. This is going to be just like the 80 election, and I remember it well.

Most thinking folks would pay lip service to the dem party. As now, if you actually state you're not voting for Obama around here for instance you get hammered. Then in private they pulled the lever voting for Reagan. Many millions of voters did just that.

I spent three hours reading news, most about this nation over the weekend. I read no good news about this nation's future. Except, the GOP does plan on trying to help all of us. My spouse and I stayed home instead of filling up on close to 4 buck gas and taking a drive. Food prices going up, heating cooling massive expenses, you name it.

Shelley Bock 5 years, 8 months ago

I'm wondering what is the Republican plan to lower gasoline and food prices.

Reports of the nation's doom always been greatly exaggerated, except success by the ultra conservatives could prove that wrong.

Liberty275 5 years, 8 months ago

Use more coal, more CNG, drill for American oil and stop using one of our top food products for fuel. I'm no republican, but that's what they will say. I agree with them.

Experiment over. We can run 15% ethanol. Now go farm seaweed and make it from that. Save the corn for food for us and animals.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 8 months ago

"Use more coal, more CNG, drill for American oil "

You forgot about sticking an ice pick in our collective forehead.

paulveer 5 years, 8 months ago

Oh, so I guess you know that couple personally, and are in the know about the details of their relationship, and you are a qualified relationship specialist that can make a reasonable judgement regarding her contribution to the breakup of her marriage? I'll assume that you're just as qualified to comment on politics.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 8 months ago

"Quitting" a husband is a lot more acceptable than quitting a governorship halfway through your term. Although, I must say, Alaska was probably a lot better off.

Sparko 5 years, 8 months ago

The GOP Know-Nothings are fading away. But not before sucking up to bigots and wealthy benefactors. They'll throw in a few more epitaphs and buy a few more radio stations before they leave. Let's hope this election marks the end of the line.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 8 months ago

The former GOP that Sen. Jean Schodorf is familiar with has been walking away from republicans since 1980. The GOP is dead.

Sam Brownback is NOT a republican and is not interested in building bridges. Brownback is all about a one party government backed with military power.

A coup financially sponsored by Rt Wing Libertarian Neocon Fundamentalist Tea Party for Economic Terrorism effectively replaced republicans with their thinkers in both the house and and Senate.

This Rt Wing Libertarian Neocon Fundamentalist Tea Party for Economic Terrorism is not controlled by elected officials not at the state or national level. Grover Norquist,Koch money,Wal-Mart family is the leadership of this Rt Wing Libertarian Neocon Fundamentalist Tea Party for Economic Terrorism.

Rt Wing Libertarian Neocon Fundamentalist Tea Party for Economic Terrorism is the ALEC nuts and bolts of the organization.

ALEC is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that in recent years has reported about $6.5 million in annual revenue. ALEC’s members include corporations, trade associations, think tanks and nearly a third (about 2,000) of the nation’s state legislators (virtually all Republican).

ALEC currently claims more than 250 corporations and special interest groups as private sector members. While the organization refuses to make a complete list of these private members available to the public, some known members include:

  • Wal-Mart
  • Exxon Mobil
  • the Corrections Corporation of America
  • AT&T
  • Pfizer Pharmaceuticals
  • Time Warner Cable
  • Comcast
  • Verizon
  • Phillip Morris International
  • Koch Industries
  • along with a host of right-wing think tanks and foundations.

According to ALEC promotional material, each year member lawmakers introduce an average of 1,000 of these pieces of legislation nationwide, 17 percent of which are enacted.

For 2009, ALEC claimed a total of 826 pieces of introduced legislation nationwide, 115 of which were passed into law–slightly below the average at 14 percent. ALEC does not offer its model legislation for public inspection.

ALEC refused to comment on any aspect of the material covered here.

More and more:

Paul R Getto 5 years, 8 months ago

Good points. ALEC exercises its constitutional rights well.

yourworstnightmare 5 years, 8 months ago

It is true that if she had won, she would still be a proud GOPer.

However, GOP primary voters have sent her a message loud and clear that her moderate positions are untenable in the modern GOP, which is now dominated by right wing populist extremists who call themselves the tea party.

Welcome to the rest of your political life, Sen. Schodorf. I hope it is a long and productive one.

KS 5 years, 8 months ago

Why is this even a story. She lost!

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 8 months ago

So did Sarah Palin and she managed to stay in the forefront for a good four years. Although it appears her 15 minutes is about up, given she was locked out of the RNC and for all intents and purposes has been fired from Fox Noise. (And it's interesting to note that Sarah Palin had less real legislative experience in her than this woman has in her pinkie toe.)

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 8 months ago

Experience at what-- being a poorly educated buffoon?

globehead 5 years, 8 months ago

The beginning and end of the better part too. You betcha!

verity 5 years, 8 months ago

Once again, she did not lose to a conservative. The Brownback/Koch backed people are not conservatives. They are extreme radical quasi-libretarians dedicated to returing to a past that never existed.

And really---when your own party targets you, wouldn't you take that as a you're not welcome sign and leave?

Liberty275 5 years, 8 months ago

Changing parties isn't like changing shoes. It isn't something you do to look better.

Also, if the senator is naive enough to think democrats are any kinder to their moderates, she should schedule a meeting with Joe Lieberman, who after being the democrat nominee for vice president was defeated by a far-left loon in his US senate primary. Lieberman is now an independent and won the general election. Democrats hate him.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 8 months ago

Lieberman is a moderate and even liberal on some issues, but but he's a full-out neocon on many others. The label of "moderate" is a very tricky one to apply.

globehead 5 years, 8 months ago

I didn't know Hitler said that. I knew Karl Rove did. Now I know where he got his ideas. Thank you very much.

headdoctor 5 years, 8 months ago

Better to leave the Republican party than stuck with this. No wonder some of the posters here have such a bad outlook on life.

Charlie Bannister 5 years, 8 months ago

Good. I want all moderates out of the GOP. Go be the Democrat that your inner self has been yearning to be for so long. It's ok. Just do it. No one cares. Believe it.

KS 5 years, 8 months ago

How long is this stupid story going to run?

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 8 months ago

Until people no longer comment on it. You just upped it's count so it will stick around awhile longer. Congratulations :)

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