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Davis picks Jill Docking as running mate

October 22, 2013, 8:06 a.m. Updated October 22, 2013, 1:44 p.m.

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— Democratic candidate for governor Paul Davis today named Wichita businesswoman Jill Docking to be his running mate in the campaign against Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer.

Jill Docking, left, Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis, of Lawrence, spoke Tuesday in front of Highland Park High School in Topeka. Davis and Docking, of Wichita, were on a school bus tour in which Davis introduced Docking as his running mate against Republicans Gov. Sam Brownback and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer.

Jill Docking, left, Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis, of Lawrence, spoke Tuesday in front of Highland Park High School in Topeka. Davis and Docking, of Wichita, were on a school bus tour in which Davis introduced Docking as his running mate against Republicans Gov. Sam Brownback and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer.

Jill Docking, a Democrat from Wichita, talks to a well-wisher after Tuesday's announcement that she will run for lieutenant governor.

Jill Docking, a Democrat from Wichita, talks to a well-wisher after Tuesday's announcement that she will run for lieutenant governor.

Democrats Paul Davis and Jill Docking work back to back after a campaign event in Topeka. Davis, who is running for governor, named Docking to be his running mate.

Democrats Paul Davis and Jill Docking work back to back after a campaign event in Topeka. Davis, who is running for governor, named Docking to be his running mate.

The selection sets up a rematch of sorts: Docking ran unsuccessfully against Brownback in 1996 for the U.S. Senate.

And the presence of Docking on a statewide ballot in 2014 puts the famous Kansas political name again before voters. Docking is married to former Lt. Gov. Tom Docking, who served from 1983-1987. Tom Docking's father, Robert, and grandfather, George, both served as governor in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

Jill Docking, 57, a financial adviser, has served as chair of the Kansas Board of Regents and writes a blog about politics in which she has criticized budget cuts to education under Brownback.

"As a businesswoman, Jill is an expert in making wise investments for the future," said Davis, the House minority leader from Lawrence. "As a former chair of the Kansas Board of Regents, she shares my commitment to excellence in our schools. Jill is an outstanding addition to this team and together we will run a strong, Kansas-focused campaign."

Docking described Davis as "a moderate, commonsense leader willing to sit down and reason with anyone to solve problems and get Kansas back on the right track."

She added of Davis, “I know his commitment to Kansas, his commitment to our schools and his dedication to growing our economy."

Davis, 41, announced Docking as his running mate on a school bus tour with stops in Prairie Village, Topeka, Salina and Wichita.

They said they traveled by school bus to emphasize that public education will be the cornerstone of their campaign. Davis said Kansans have a "moral commitment" to education funding. "It runs in our blood as Kansans," he said.

GOP links Davis, Docking to Obama

In response to the Docking announcement, the Kansas Republican Party sought to link Davis and Docking to President Barack Obama.

"It is hardly believable — they are doubling down on the Obama agenda," said State GOP Chair Kelly Arnold. "A substantial majority of Kansans have rejected the Obama agenda — twice. With this selection, Kansas Democrats are clearly going back to the past," Arnold said.

As far as the allure of the Docking name, Arnold said, "No Docking has won a Kansas election in over 30 years."

Davis and Docking said they would focus on state issues, saying Kansans are suffering from high property taxes, sales taxes, tuition, utility bills and cuts in education funding.

For instance, Davis said cuts to higher education signed into law by Brownback "didn't need to happen" and caused a part of the tuition increases this year.

"Sam Brownback toured the state saying how important higher education is to the state and how we can't cut higher education, and then when it came down to crunch time, he just sold higher education down the river," Davis said.

Brownback has said he approved the higher education cuts because that is what Republican legislative leaders wanted, and he has said he will support restoring those lost funds in the next legislative session.

Democrats hope to draw moderates, independents

The selection of Docking as candidate for lieutenant governor brings a well-known Democrat from a different part of the state. Davis and Docking are hoping also to draw moderate Republicans and independents.

Of the state’s 1.73 million registered voters, Democrats rank third behind Republicans, with approximately 45 percent of registered voters; unaffiliated, 30 percent, and Democrats, 25 percent.

In the 1996 Senate race, Brownback defeated Docking, 53.9 percent to 43.3 percent after an intense campaign for the seat that was vacated by Bob Dole, who was running for president.

Asked if she learned anything from that race, Docking said, "That was a long time ago. We are going to look forward as to where we're going next, and what is going to happen to Kansas in the next five or 10 years."

Comments

Brett McCabe 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Bringing in big names is probably a wise strategy. If Brownback can be beaten, now is the time. Davis needs people who have run big, statewide campaigns and he is smart to get moving early. It can be done!

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10 months, 1 week ago

You're not missing anything. The sad fact is that the Kansas Dems have no farm league. Sebelius was a great success for them, but she was unable to develop any talent that might carry on when she moved up.

She even picked a former GOP state senator for her running mate in term 2. Regardless of what the press said at the time, Kath did not select Parkinson to appear moderate. She already appeared moderate, which is why she was governor in the first place. She selected Parkinson because the Dems possessed not a single senator or representative who added anything to her ticket. A former GOP state chairman, estranged from his own party, was her best choice.

That's a scary position for the Dems to be in. Unfortunately, that's the position they remain in today.

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Frank McGuinness 10 months, 2 weeks ago

I have nothing against Jill Docking but as Terry pointed out she lost by some 10 or so points in the senate race. I personally think a disenfranchised republican like Steve Morris would have been better but thats irrelevant now. Best of luck.

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Andrew Dufour 10 months, 2 weeks ago

If I had to guess it's twofold. First: She's not running head to head with Brownback this time so it's not really an apt comparison. Second: Kansas is in a very different political climate than it was when she ran against him the first time.

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Frank McGuinness 10 months, 2 weeks ago

But the point remains Andrew, Paul Davis likely has most Democrats ready to vote for him already so bringing on a Republican would have been a sign that Paul is willing to cross party lines to accomplish goals in a fairly conservative state. A Steve Morris type candidate who was bucked by his own party for not being conservative enough may have also brought a few middle of the road Republicans to vote for the ticket. Remember that the last 2 term Democratic governor brought on "former" Republicans as her running mates and sealed the deal twice. I don't see Jill Docking or the Docking family bringing in any additional voters.

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Andrew Dufour 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Hey, I wasn't saying I thought it was a good choice. To be honest I'm a transplant into KS, been here 4 years so my knowledge of KS politics is limited to what I've picked up being the political junkie that I am. I really can't see why Davis wouldn't want to find someone to pick up more moderate republicans unless he thinks he's got them anyway and it's going to be mostly a GOTV effort and he thinks Docking can be helpful there. One other potential reason could be to try and get a foothold in Wichita as I'm sure a Dem would struggle (where is Morris from?)

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Matthew Herbert 10 months, 2 weeks ago

I'm actually quite proud to live in a state where 30% of the registered voters are self-described as "unaffiliated". It's long past overdue for our culture to ditch a rigid two-party system and adopt the philosophy of ACTUALLY judging candidates by their ideas and not by the corresponding letter behind their name.

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JayhawkFan1985 10 months, 2 weeks ago

If Kansas judged candidates by their ideas, Brownback never would have been elected.

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Matthew Herbert 10 months, 1 week ago

Huge assumption, Thomas. What your statement should have been in order to be accurate is that "If Kansas judged candidates by their ideas, Brownback never would have been elected by Thomas Dow"

The Democrats received 32% of the vote in that 2010 election. 32%. History has a way of making elections closer than they actually were.

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JayhawkFan1985 10 months, 1 week ago

What I'm saying is that the vast majority of voters cast ballots the same way their parents and grandparents did. They vote strict party lines. In this state, that means most republican candidates win. In Massachusetts, it means most democrats win. Purple states, where the independent voters hold sway have the most thinking people.

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Richard Heckler 10 months, 2 weeks ago

There will be republicans who will campaign for the Paul Davis/Jill Docking ticket. Both are "moderates" and will work across the aisle. As much as possible.

Most repub legislators are afraid of Sam Brownback = a very unhealthy repub party = not good for business ,not good for tax dollar spending,not good for public education and not good for Kansas.

Sam Brownback will run a character assassination campaign funded primarily with Koch money which operates a number of right wing PAC's such as the Kansas Club for Growth,Chamber of Commerce,Americans for Prosperity,Freedom Works and there are more.

Sam Brownback is key to the ALEC Right Wing Party hostile takeover of the USA government.

Both Davis and Jill Docking are smart people. This AM one early morning supporter suggested a catchy "Davis Can Save Us" . I like it.

Bottom line = Paul Davis Can Save Us!

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Deb Stavin 10 months, 2 weeks ago

When Docking ran against Brownback in the 1996 Kansas Senate special election, she captured the highest percentage of the voters who identified themselves as Independents. If those Independent voters are unhappy with Brownback, Davis and Docking might well capture their votes on election day.

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Richard Heckler 10 months, 1 week ago

"Former state Sen. Jeff Colyer of Johnson County is Brownback’s lieutenant governor.

Republicans said the ticket amounted to a “doubling down on the Obama agenda.”

“You have to be pretty out of touch to think pairing one Obama Delegate with another makes a balanced ticket,” said state GOP chair Kelly Arnold. “With this selection, Kansas Democrats are clearly going back to the past. Republicans want to lead Kansas into the future.”

Clay Barker, the state party’s executive director, dismissed any allure attached to the Docking name. Two Dockings served as governor decades ago.

“No Docking has won a Kansas Election in over 30 years,” Barker said. “The last two who tried, lost.”

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/10/22/4568346/davis-names-docking-as-his-running.html#storylink=cpy

Now we know what the Koch/Brownback issues are --- they don't want to talk about killing public education in favor of turning the system over to private industry.

Or the fact that thousands of new jobs have yet to turn up since Brownback removed thousands of Kansans from the payroll.

Or talk about the Brownback shady income tax deduction that stays with corporate bosses instead of going into Kansas cookie jars. http://www.jimhightower.com/node/7723#.UkS9vBaTOX0

Or talk about the nearly one million dollars Brownback has spent on his war against women.

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