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Davis gets Republican backing

By The Herald Staff | 1/6/2014

TOPEKA — Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s Democratic challenger has secured a few key GOP supporters, the candidate’s campaign said Monday.

Former state Rep. William A. Kassebaum, R-Burdick, the son of former U.S. Sen. Nancy Landon Kassebaum Baker, R-Kan., and grandson of former Kansas Gov. Alf Landon, has signed on as treasurer for House Minority Leader Paul Davis’ 2014 campaign for governor.

TOPEKA — Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s Democratic challenger has secured a few key GOP supporters, the candidate’s campaign said Monday.

Former state Rep. William A. Kassebaum, R-Burdick, the son of former U.S. Sen. Nancy Landon Kassebaum Baker, R-Kan., and grandson of former Kansas Gov. Alf Landon, has signed on as treasurer for House Minority Leader Paul Davis’ 2014 campaign for governor.

In addition, a new group targeting further GOP support for the Democratic challenger — “Republicans for Davis” — has established leaders, naming former Republican Speaker of the House Wendell Lady, R-Overland Park, former legislators Charlie Roth, R-Salina, and Fred Gatlin, R-Atwood, as chairs.

Davis said Monday he wants to run a campaign “in which every Kansan has a home, no matter what party you’re in.”

That sentiment apparently resonates with Lady, who said he was disturbed by Brownback’s actions during his term as governor.

“Particularly, his income tax plan is the most unfair tax legislation ever enacted in Kansas,” Lady said. “Not only does it threaten to bankrupt the treasury, but it will devastate the quality of education that the state is able to provide at all levels.  In my opinion, nothing is more important to the future of Kansas than the education of our youth.”

Bipartisanship, fresh ideas and leadership are needed in the governor’s office, Roth, a former state representative and Salina mayor, said.

“I think our state is currently headed in the wrong direction and I believe Paul Davis is the leader we need for the future of Kansas,” he said. “I served with Paul for eight years in the Kansas Legislature. Even though he was in the minority party, he engineered the bipartisan passage of several key pieces of legislation — including the state budget — during a very difficult time for our state’s economy. I found him to be thoughtful, smart and always open to suggestions. He is a natural leader and will be a tremendous governor.”

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