Last week’s close race between Thompson and Estes in KS 04 has all of Kansas buzzing about the future of other seats. Paul Davis announced he’s throwing his hat in the ring for Lynn Jenkin’s 2nd district seat http://cjonline.com/news/local/state-government/2017-04-12/democrat-paul-davis-initiates-campaign-rep-lynn-jenkins-2nd
Loved this announcement.
The Governor’s race – buh-bye Brownback. Can’t come soon enough. So who’s running? Everyone. Hell, for all I know I’m running. I can’t keep up with the list of names. My question, who wants to inherit this hot mess? The state is bankrupt, the school funding drama deserves a reality show on Bravo, our college kids aren’t only going to be raging at the local frat house – they will be armed. #CampusCarry Good times.
And then there is Congressman Kevin Yoder. After the Thompson/Estes race, all eyes turned to his seat.
From the KC Star,
“If we start to see Republicans consistently underperforming … then someone like Kevin Yoder, who is in a much more politically balanced district that Hillary Clinton actually won, needs to be concerned,” said Patrick Miller, a political scientist at the University of Kansas.
Yoder’s office declined to comment for this article.
Of course they declined to comment. I’m not a political scientist, but let me break this down for you in suburban, mom-speak.
Remember the Women’s March? That small gathering?
KC had a strong showing. A large percentage of the people there were from Yoder’s district. If Thompson can pull numbers like that in KS004 with a grassroots effort and almost no support from the national party, imagine what can happen in a more liberal district like Yoder’s?
Combine that with the fact that Yoder USED to be a moderate. Heck, I used to like him back in the day. I know! Shocking! He has inched or should I say galloped to the right with the popularity of the Tea Party. It’s hard to pin him down on issues (healthcare vote) and has decided to phone in his recent Town Halls. #NoEyeContact
Yoder wants you to believe that everything is just a-ok. He isn’t sweating it. His camp finally released a statement-
Kev’s got lots of money. Whoopie. I’m not political spin doctor, but watch this…”Congressman Yoder has served his constituents well, will continue to until the election and welcomes an opponent to discuss issues important to Kansans.”
We all know the slogan #YoderVoter. Think about how easily it can change to #OverYoder. Wouldn’t that be terrible if it gained momentum?