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Kassebaum Baker endorses Schodorf for Congress

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, July 13, 2010, at 3:06 p.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, July 13, 2010, at 4:06 p.m.

Former Kansas Sen. Nancy Kassebaum Baker today endorsed 4th District congressional candidate Jean Kurtis Schodorf.

Baker, who served in the U.S. Senate from 1978 to 1997, said in a statement released by Schodorf's campaign that she didn't intend to become involved in politics this year, but changed her mind after becoming concerned about the tone of the 4th District campaign, "particularly the assertion by candidates that our country's problems have simple solutions, that being an outsider is an asset, and that an inflexible partisan posture is a successful approach to government."

"Complicated problems often require complex solutions," Baker said. "Being a stranger to the process is not helpful. The ability to collaborate with members of Congress from both political parties has always been a key to successful and effective legislation."

Baker said Schodorf is the best candidate because of her experience as a state senator and school board member, and because of her ability to work with people to solve difficult problems.

"Jean Schodorf has demonstrated strong leadership on intricate education and budget issues, particularly the ability to negotiate with all factions on an issue to solve real problems with real solutions. That makes her the clear choice," Baker said.

Schodorf said an endorsement from Baker can't be ignored.

"She continues to be a highly respected voice among Kansas voters," Schodorf said in a written statement. "I'm thankful for her endorsement and hopeful that it will boost my campaign as we go into the final weeks before election day."

Schodorf is campaigning for the seat held by Todd Tiahrt, who is running for Senate, against four other candidates in the Republican primary election.

They are Wink Hartman, Mike Pompeo, Jim Anderson, and Paij Rutschman.

Raj Goyle and Robert Tillman are competing for the Democratic nomination.

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