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Dole, Brownback, Blunt, Bond sign up to boost KC’s convention prospects

  • The Kansas City Star
  • Published Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at 2:18 p.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, at 6:50 a.m.

Prominent Republicans from both sides of the state line have signed up to boost Kansas City’s chances of landing the 2016 Republican National Convention, the committee overseeing the effort announced Monday.

“It speaks volumes that this impressive group of current and former public servants and statesmen are willing to lend their support to our bi-state effort to bring the 2016 Convention to KC,” Mark Holland, mayor and CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and KC RNC 2016 Bid Task Force member, said in a statement.

The four are former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, former Missouri Sen. Kit Bond and Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt.

In case you’re wondering where Kansas Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran are, as well as Missouri Congressman Sam Graves, who represents Kansas City north of the river, rest assured their names may be rolled out soon. The committee said more names would be unveiled in the weeks to come.

Said Bond in the same statement: “The prospects for the Republican Convention in the Heart of America are exciting. In 1976 Kansas City showed it could host a world-class Republican Convention and the city gained revenue and respect. Forty years later, it would be great to have that opportunity again.”

Never mind that Bond’s support of Gerald Ford in 1976 over Ronald Reagan may have cost him a re-election win that year because of the split his move caused in the Missouri GOP.

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