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Sebelius said to be weighing U.S. Senate bid

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A report today by the New York Times suggesting that Democrat Kathleen Sebelius might run for the U.S. Senate against her old friend Republican Pat Roberts has been raising eyebrows in Kansas political circles, especially among Republicans who seem to relish the thought.

"We will pay her bus fare," the Kansas Republican Party posted on its website.

But Kansas Democrats say there is nothing to the story, as far as they know.

"Our focus has been and will continue to be electing our great candidates who are working to restore Kansas," party spokesman Dakota Loomis said in an email. "We have heard nothing that would support this tabloid speculation."

Chad Taylor, the Shawnee County District Attorney, has already filed for the Democratic nomination in that race.

The Times story quotes a number of unnamed Democrats who say she has been encouraged to run for the Senate seat and that she's weighing the option.

Sebelius was a popular governor in Kansas from 2003 until 2009 when she left to become secretary of Health and Human Services in the Obama administration. There, she became the public face of the president's health care law known as the Affordable Care Act, or more commonly as Obamacare.

Opposition to that program helped give rise to the Tea Party movement within the Republican Party, which used the issue to regain control of the U.S. House in 2010. The program came under even harsher attack last fall amid the botched initial rollout of the new federal health exchange website.

Although the website was eventually fixed and the administration met its goal of enrolling more than 7 million people through the exchanges by the March 31 signup deadline, Sebelius was held personally responsible for the website problems, and she resigned her post April 10.

Roberts, who cut his political teeth in the 1960s working on the staff of Sebelius' father-in-law, former Rep. Keith Sebelius, publicly supported Kathleen Sebelius' nomination to the HHS post in 2009. But he made an about-face last October and publicly called on her to resign amid the troubled rollout of the website.

Meanwhile, Roberts is already being challenged from within by Tea Party-backed candidate Milton Wolf, who has made hay out of the fact that Roberts voted to confirm Sebelius to the Cabinet post.

Wolf posted a picture on his Twitter account today of Roberts and Sebelius together, commenting that the surest way for Republicans to lose the election to Sebelius would be to "Nominate the guy who voted for her ... twice."

Comments

Clark Coan 5 months, 2 weeks ago

No Democrat has been elected in Kansas since the 1930s. She would be better off running for the US House.

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Fred Whitehead Jr. 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Oh, I hope so!!! I am so damned tired of these bought and paid-for Koch Regime politicians!!

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MerriAnnie Smith 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Good luck, Kathleen. You have the votes of my family.

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Fred Mertz 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Not me. I think Chad Taylor would make a much better Senator.

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Scott Burkhart 5 months, 2 weeks ago

I kept writing and deleting all of the things I wanted to say about Kathleen Sebelius. I have chosen to say nothing at all.

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James Howlette 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Then why is there a comment here? Did you want us all to give you a golf clap and a gold star?

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Richard Heckler 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Come on home Kathleen Sebelius……

BTW bring Alexa Posny with you.

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Richard Heckler 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Nonetheless speaking of Koch/Brownback goals all voters CHECK your voting status frequently to be sure Sam and Kobach have not purged YOU AMERICANS from the documents.

We say it cannot happen. Yes it it can. By the time voters discover they have been purged it will be too late to vote.

Here is the link to check your status as a registered voter.

http://douglas-county.com/online_services/cl/ve/ve_voterportal.aspx?category_id=alreadyreg

Sam Brownback and Koch special interest $$$$$$$$ have been close political pals since day one of the Sam Brownback political career. Sam has been on tax dollar payrolls for two or three decades. Sam really doesn't despise taxes considering.

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Bob Smith 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Kathy's probably got a sweet K-Street deal in the works.

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Richard Heckler 5 months, 1 week ago

The sweeter deal would be if she could someday replace Susan Wagle.

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