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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.”


KS 1 year, 7 months ago

How long is this stupid story going to run?


mikekt 1 year, 7 months ago

Fact ! The Koch Brothers' big daddy, got his start working for Uncle Joe Stalin in Russia, building oil refineries, before ww2 ! .....and they actually paid him well to do it ! Look it up !. Kind of convenient in the late 50s for him to be founding the John Birchers, to clean up ones name?! Kind of convenient to refer to others as commies & always wrap yourself in the flag & present others as dictators?! What the hell was Joseph Stalin ?! I bet some of you think that Uncle Joe Stalin was the president of the USA during ww2 ?! Give me a break with all of this name calling theatrics ! Read your history ! Don't think that moderates made Uncle Joe Stalin an Oil Barron ! But Koch Sr. Sure helped !


Charlie Bannister 1 year, 7 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.


uggadyboogadyboo 1 year, 7 months ago

Schodorf says “My parents, my grandparents, my great-grandparents were all Republicans. But it’s changed. " Sour grapes. The only thing constant is change. She doesn't understand that you can't change what you don't belong to. This word change was used by nobama to designate change is good. We got a vote coming up. Change anyone? Sic transit gloria


headdoctor 1 year, 7 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.


Liberal 1 year, 7 months ago

This is actually hilarious, Republican since Lincoln...SO WHAT! If she were representing her constituency in a manor that reflected their ideals she would not have lost.

Take your ball and go home, cry baby!


rockchalk1977 1 year, 7 months ago

Top Kansas Democrat Likens Paul Ryan to Hitler. Pat Lehman, the dean of Kansas Democratic delegates, said “It’s like Hitler said, if you’re going to tell a lie, tell a big lie, and if you tell it often enough and say it in a loud enough voice, some people are going to believe you,”. Democrats are becoming increasingly desperate and shrill.


Liberty275 1 year, 7 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.


verity 1 year, 7 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?


KS 1 year, 7 months ago

Why is this even a story. She lost!


yourworstnightmare 1 year, 7 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.


Richard Heckler 1 year, 7 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:


Sparko 1 year, 7 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.


toe 1 year, 7 months ago

No surprise there. She also left her husband. Just call her a quitter and you will have her pretty well pegged.


Scott Morgan 1 year, 7 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.


Les Blevins 1 year, 7 months ago

Defections in the ranks of the Republican party today are akin to defections in the ranks of the Syrian armed forces.


Les Blevins 1 year, 7 months ago

Can't say as I blame her, The Koch brothers are funding the fight against the EPA. Romney and Ryan and the Republicans want to take us back to the failed, top-down economic ideas that destroy millions of jobs and the environment and most all global ecosystems in order to produce greater overall profits and riches for their rich supporters and in turn themselves. People can fight back against those unholy political alliances by first finding and then 'liking' PLANET DOCTORS on Facebook.


autie 1 year, 7 months ago

I always said that in every moderate Repbulican there is a Democrat trying to get out.

"rtwngr is full of republican class crapola". Hold your cards ladies and gentlemen, we may have a Bingo.


Clearly4Kansas 1 year, 7 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.


cowboy 1 year, 7 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.


OldEnuf2BYurDad 1 year, 7 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.


rtwngr 1 year, 7 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. :-)


JackMcKee 1 year, 7 months ago

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


David Albertson 1 year, 7 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.


Timothy Eugene 1 year, 7 months ago

Wah. Cry me a river. Losers in both parties do this. A so-called moderate Democrat loses an election, gets mad, switches to the Republican Party thinking this will help them win the next time. Here a so-called moderate Republican pulls the same stunt. That is all it is, a stunt.....or you were truly never a sincere member of that party in the first place and just registered that way to get elected. There are no "moderates" in either party. The closest thing to a real so-called "moderate" is a Libertarian. They suck too.


Mike Ford 1 year, 7 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).


Steve Jacob 1 year, 7 months ago

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


tange 1 year, 7 months ago

Odd that so many Kansans keep putting their eggs in that handbasket, given its now apparent destination.


kuguardgrl13 1 year, 7 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.


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