KS-Sen: Brownback Set to Make Retirement from Senate Official

We've seen this one coming down the pike for a long while, but soon it will be official:

Sen. Sam Brownback will announce Thursday he is retiring from the Senate when his term ends in 2010, allowing the Kansas Republican to explore a run for governor.

He will be the second GOP senator this year to publicly state he is leaving at the close of the 111th Congress.

Brownback, who unsuccessfully sought the 2008 GOP presidential nomination, will not reveal his future political plans during the three news conferences planned for Thursday in Kansas. But a source close to Brownback said he will file gubernatorial paperwork in January.

The Democrats actually have a couple of potentially strong candidates for this open-seat race, with popular Democratic Governor Kathleen Sebelius removing her name from contention for the Obama cabinet and Congressman Dennis Moore, who has consistently won in a fairly Republican-leaning district, not running for reelection. Neither of the two Democrats would be favorites if they jumped in -- but they would clearly make the race competitive, despite the fact no Democrat has won a Senate election in the state since FDR was first elected.

Tags: kansas, KS-Sen, Senate 2010 (all tags)

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3 Comments

Moore thankfully

is running for reelection.  

by Kent 2008-12-17 03:22PM | 0 recs
Re: Moore thankfully

Yup.  He saved us a scramble for his district, which while being the most Dem-friendly of the state is still pretty red.

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Hopefully Sebelius takes the plunge for the open seat, and her Lt. Gov. retains the seat.  I'd also like to see Boyda back in Congress but I'm not sure if she's the one that will be able to get this one back.

by Skaje 2008-12-17 03:24PM | 0 recs
Re: KS-Sen: Brownback Set to Make Retirement from

The republican exodus from federal government to state government is troubling, Snow & Brownback are just the two examples. It's a new version of the conservative revival decades ago when the far right began "community" building by posing local school boards. (think dingbats like Palin and creationism in the schools)  All politics is local and the right has figured out that the majority of Americans don't agree with them and ramming fascism down our throats through a republican imperial executive has halted.  So now those same un-American activities can be projected out of state governor offices.  The 50 state strategy of Howard Dean's democratic party should find a bi-partisan alliance with the green party and prevent this new takeover.

by Palli 2008-12-18 05:17AM | 0 recs

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