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McPherson Sentinel/Prairie Politics endorse Mann for Congress

The McPherson Sentinel has chosen to endorse Salina Republican Tracey Mann for the 1st Congressional District GOP primary.

All of the 1st District candidates have something to offer the voters of the district, which made the task of endorsing a candidate difficult. Jim Barnett brings a wealth of experience on health care matters. Rob Wasinger would be able to hit the ground running if elected, thanks to his congressional experience. Tim Huelskamp is a passionate advocate for conservative causes. Sue Boldra makes several compelling points about the need for a citizen legislature. Marck Cobb has displayed a sincere desire to represent the district, and probably has the best national security background of the field.

But through interviews with the candidates and several months of interaction with the campaigns, The Sentinel believes Mann will best represent The Big First District and understands the issues that impact our everyday lives.

Mann has proven he has what it takes to speak on behalf of the district. The Quinter native understands agriculture, and its impact on the district, and we find that to be of upmost importance. The 1st District is home to thousands of farm families and hundreds of agriculture-related businesses.

In addition to his agricultural experience, the political newcomer’s plans to help the district continue to prosper are similar to the model used by McPherson business leaders when establishing the McPherson Industrial Development Co. He understands that schools and post offices are integral to the survival of communities and has promised to continue the annual 69-county tour started by Jerry Moran. We believe his time in the real estate industry has left him a firm understanding of what it takes to both attract and retain employers and given him the negotiation skills necessary to forge alliances in Congress.

We also believe Mann, not being part of the political game, can bring a fresh perspective to Congress.

The Sentinel believes Mann understands the issues that affect the 1st District and has what it takes to fill Moran’s shoes in Washington.

The McPherson Sentinel


About Katie Stockstill-Sawyer

I am a city girl that is learning about life on the farm. I met and married a fourth-generation farmer, Derek. I am now a farmer's wife and country girl. The move has required a few changes and a lot of learning. But I wouldn't change my new life and all of the little lessons and surprises it provides.


15 thoughts on “McPherson Sentinel/Prairie Politics endorse Mann for Congress

  1. Once again, the media picks an inexperienced liberal rather than a solid candidate with legislative experience. Either Barnett, or Huelskamp would be a better choice. What a surprise.

    Posted by altevogt | July 28, 2010, 2:09 pm
  2. “Legislative experience”?? Listen to yourself… Our Congress and State Capitol are full of politicians with “legislative experience”. And it has worked out really great for us up until now right? Gimme a break.

    Posted by mcphersonbulldog | July 28, 2010, 4:17 pm
  3. Thanks for the non sequitor. You ignore the fact that Mann is the liberal in the race. That’s why he was endorsed. It had nothing to do with experience, or being a fresh face. The ideal is to have someone with both experience and integrity. Uh, someone like Tim Huelskamp.

    Posted by altevogt | July 28, 2010, 4:31 pm
  4. altevogt, I agree with mcphersonbulldog, the 2 candidates in the race are part of an establishment that is not well thought of. I guess you are referring to the endorsed candidate as a “liberal” because he gave money to Jim Slattery. Is there anything else that makes him a liberal?

    Posted by kansas01 | July 28, 2010, 5:34 pm
  5. I wouldn’t exactly call Huelskamp a part of the establishment. Also, when someone doesn’t have a legislative history it’s a little disingenuous to demand an extensive record, but certainly who Mann supported before would be a good indicator of where he stands. I too am not fond of the accomplishments, or lack thereof, of the Kansas legislature, but it’s hardly discerning to castigate every member of that body for the evils of those who ignored the will of the people. Vote against Derek Schmidt if you want to punish that segment and to a lesser extent Barnett.

    Posted by altevogt | July 28, 2010, 6:43 pm
  6. I agree with Bulldog. When looking at the candidates, an existing status as “elected official” was an immediate negative to me.
    Yes, Huelskamp voted against the 1% sales tax, but was on the losing side. I need someone who can not only vote against something, but get the majority to go along with that action.
    I sell my product at a fixed cost, with tax built in. So when the legislature passed the sales tax, it was a direct take from my pocket. Needless to say, I wasn’t thrilled about that. (And I’ve noticed many, many school districts were able to give raises or preserve payroll for their teachers. Your welcome, teachers.)
    So even early on, I leaned toward someone from outside elected office. Clean slate. Ready for change.

    Posted by backroadsnewsroom | July 28, 2010, 9:32 pm
  7. Why is it that I get the feeling you’re being disingenuous (again). Is there ever a moment when you’re actually truthful? And for kansas1, if you wanted another piece of evidence that Mann is the furthest to the left, backroad’s choice of him would be yet another good indicator.

    Posted by altevogt | July 28, 2010, 11:01 pm
  8. What are you talking about altevogt? What am I being disingenuous about?
    And for the record, I endorsed Wasinger, not Mann. Do you consider Wasinger a liberal?

    Posted by backroadsnewsroom | July 28, 2010, 11:03 pm
  9. Well altevogt???

    Posted by kansas01 | July 29, 2010, 8:12 am
  10. Altevogt sounds like a typical Huelskamp supporter. If you’re not for Tim, demonize, villianize, call them a liberal, do all you can do discredit them.

    Posted by mcphersonbulldog | July 29, 2010, 10:19 am
  11. You’re being disingenuous by holding yourself out as some populist supporting political outsiders when in fact you support just the reverse. Wasinger is the penultimate Washington insider (and political carpetbagger, something he shares in common with Mann). Moran is the chameleon in Senate race and those are the folks you support. No, Wasinger isn’t a liberal, that would assume that he holds some core values.

    It’s also disingenuous to personally blame Huelskamp responsible for not stopping the increase in sales tax. Your demand is simply so ludicrous that it’s not meaningful in any rational context, except as a specious argument to try and tear Huelskamp down.

    Posted by altevogt | July 29, 2010, 11:35 am
  12. You forgot to add:
    “This advertisement paid for by Huelskamp for Congress, altevogt treasurer.”

    Posted by backroadsnewsroom | July 29, 2010, 11:52 am
  13. Oh please, now you’re stooping to childishness?

    Posted by altevogt | July 29, 2010, 11:54 am
  14. Dude, seriously?!

    Posted by backroadsnewsroom | July 29, 2010, 11:56 am
  15. Huelskamp or hell, your pick…

    Posted by kansas01 | July 29, 2010, 1:25 pm

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