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Friday, February 5, 2010

KS-SEN: What Strong Candidates do the Democrats have?

With the current field of Democratic candidates in the running to run for Senate against whomever comes out of a bloddy Primary between GOP Congressmen Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt, it looks like there will be a GOP win. Which strong Democrats can take advantage of the bloody Primary that the GOP is having to go through? Well, I've done some research on who can run for the Democrats, and I found some interesting names.

1. Attorney General Stephen N. Six: After taking office as the 43rd Attorney General of Kansas, Stephen Six has made a commitment to fighting crime, protecting consumers and making Kansas a safer place to live, work, and raise a family. Six cracked down on individuals who commit fraud and scams and significantly increased the money recovered by his consumer protection division. Six has the statewide experience and public service going for him if he runs. One problem, however, is that he has never been elected statewide. He was appointed by Sebelius in early 2008 to fill the post of former AG Paul Morrison. Six appears set on running for re-election to his current post.

2. State treasurer Dennis McKinney: After taking office as the 38th State Treasurer of Kansas, Dennis McKinney has been emphasizing the importance of working with Kansas leaders to strengthen the state's economy, increase good-paying jobs for hard working Kansans, and to encourage fiscal responsibility. As administrator of the state's Learning Quest 529 Education Savings program, Treasurer McKinney believes that it is important that Kansas families have access to an affordable education following high school. Like Six, McKinney has the statewide experience and public service going for him if he runs. One problem, however, is that he has never been elected statewide. He was appointed by Sebelius in early 2008 to fill the post of former Treasurer Lynn Jenkins. McKinney, like Six, appears set on running for re-election to his current post.

3. State Senator Chris Steineger: As State Senator, Chris Steineger has made several important votes. Steineger voted nay on the Premium Assistance Amendment, voted yea to the Highway Advertising Regulation & Fees Amendment, voted nay to the Employment Verification Amendment, voted nay to the Late-Term/Partial Birth Abortion Amendment, voted yea to the State Employee Pay Increase Amendment to name several. Steineger would be a fresh face to the political arena if he ran, but he is largely unknown outside of his State Senate District and appears set on running for Secretary of State.

4. former Congresswoman Nancy Boyda: During her time as Congresswoman, she supported research toward renewable forms of energy, particularly ethanol and biodiesel production that could benefit Kansas agriculture. She also served on the Armed Services and Agricultural Committees. While she would make a good candidate for Senate, she is pretty much unknown outside of her Congressional District and was ousted 51%-47% in 2008.

5. former Lieutenant Governor John E. Moore: During his tenure as Lieutenant Governor, Moore also served as Chairman of the Governor's Strategic Military Planning Commission. The Commissions purpose was to preserve and grow military presence in Kansas during the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure process. He also served as Chairman of the Kansas Health Care Cost Containment Commission which focuses upon reducing the cost of health care administration in Kansas. Moore was also the Kansas Secretary of Commerce until 2004 when he stepped down to become the state's first full time Lieutenant Governor. As Secretary of Commerce, he headed the Prosperity Summit process to develop the Economic Revitalization Act and the Economic Growth Act which were enacted into law in 2004. Like Six and McKinney, Moore has the statewide experience going for him if he runs. Moore, like McKinney and Six, are also considering running for KS-GOV in 2010.

6. State Senator Raj Goyle: During his tenure as State Senator, Raj Goyle has made several important votes. Goyle voted yea for Health Care Reform, voted nay for Capital Improvements Funding, voted yea for Mandatory Drug Testing for Drivers Causing Serious Accidents, voted yea for Income Tax Reductions and Sales Tax Exemptions, voted yea for the English as the Official Language Amendment to name several. Goyle would be a fresh face to the political arena if he ran, but he is largely unknown outside of his State Senate District and is currently set on running for Congressman Todd Tiahrt's open seat.

7. Congressman Dennis Moore: During his tenure as a Congressman, Dennis Moore has served on the Budget and Financial Services Committees. He sponsored HR-5055, which would have raised the death gratuity paid to the family of a soldier who died in combat from $12,000 to $50,000, which was later raised again to $100,000. He also sponsored House Resolution 387 in 2003 calling on the Department of Defense to cover all travel costs for troops from Iraq and Afghanistan granted leave under the Rest & Recuperation Program. It was made law in 2004. Congressman Moore would be a decent candidate if he ran because he is known somewhat outside of his Congressional district. He also recently declined interest in a Gubernatorial run and is retiring from Congress.

8. Former Congressman and Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman: During his time in Congress from 1976-1994, Glickman was a leading congressional expert on general aviation policy and wrote landmark legislation providing product liability protection for small airplane manufacturers. He was later the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He held open hearings to bring the intelligence community's post-Cold War activities to light and began a committee investigation into the Aldrich Ames espionage case. Glickman would be a somewhat weak candidate if he ran, though. He's been out of office in Kansas since January 1995.

Am I forgetting anything?

1 comment:

  1. Raj Goyle is a state representative not a state senator, who is now serving his second term in office representing a portion of Wichita. As an attorney, he has experience in environmental issues and worker rights. However, his advocacy for veterans is often overlooked, but should be emphasized. In several instances, he crafted legislation in the House Veterans Committee that strengthened veteran benefits. Although a younger candidate for public office, he possess a commitment that represents maturity beyond his years.

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