The state’s democrat party is using Tuesday’s primary election to kick off their fight for national and state-level seats. Following the announcements of the primary election winners the Kansas Democrat Party Chair Larry Gates issued the following statements on the primary victory of the following candidates:
On the results of the primary election and the upcoming general election:
“The days of moderate Republican leadership like Bill Graves and Ron Thornburgh are over. Tonight’s results confirm that the Kansas Republican Party has been taken over by conservative extremists, led by Sam Brownback and Kris Kobach.
On the election for Governor:
“On November 2nd, the only moderate, common-sense choice for Governor is Tom Holland. Tom is running to work for all Kansans, regardless of income, ideology or geography. Tom is focused on creating jobs, investing in our schools and working with both parties to achieve results. Moderate Kansans have a clear choice on Election Day, and that choice is Tom Holland.”
On the election for Attorney General:
“Somehow, Republicans have managed to find a candidate for Attorney General with even less legal experience than Phill Kline. Kansans are tired of career politicians using the Attorney General’s office for their personal gain. Steve Six has restored the right priorities to the office and set new records on behalf of consumers and Medicaid; now is not the time to go back to the days when politics guided the AG’s office.”
On the election for Secretary of State:
“Kris Kobach is running on a platform of fear, and if elected Secretary of State he will use the office to push his personal, political agenda. Kansans deserve better. Chris Biggs is a public servant, not a career politician, and Kansans can count on Chris to manage the Secretary of State’s Office in a non-partisan and professional manner.”
On the election for State Treasurer:
“Dennis McKinney has completely revamped the office of State Treasurer. With an emphasis on returning unclaimed property during this recession, Treasurer McKinney has been doing an exceptional job. He’s broken records for returning money to Kansans’ pockets and is strongly focused on helping create jobs and commerce for our great state.”
On the election for US Senate:
“After a blistering campaign where the Republican candidates clamored over each other to embrace the extreme-right, it is refreshing to see our party nominate Dr. Lisa Johnston as the Democratic candidate for US Senate. Dr. Johnston is the clear choice for those Kansans who are sick of Washington style politics.”
The announcement was followed up by a release out of the Tom Holland campaign, challenging Sam Brownback to a series of 10 debates between now and November.
It’s clear the Democrats, who currently hold three significant state offices, aren’t going down without a fight.