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NYT says Sebelius is considering taking on Roberts for Senate, but local Democrats doubtful

  • Kansas City Star
  • Published Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at 9:32 a.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at 2:32 p.m.

Kansas Democrats are downplaying a report in the New York Times suggesting Kathleen Sebelius may come back to Kansas to run for the Senate against Pat Roberts.

Political reporters are salivating, and so, apparently, are Kansas Republicans.

“We would pay her bus fare,” said Kelly Arnold, state GOP chairman, in a statement sent by the party.

A Sebelius campaign would be difficult, and therefore is unlikely, Democrats say.

Chad Taylor is already preparing a campaign. Sebelius would have to raise money quickly, build a campaign apparatus, a schedule — and would not be the favorite in the race.

Kansans have not sent a Democrat to the Senate since the Great Depression.

Sebelius may play a role in helping the party this fall, and could raise money for Taylor and Paul Davis, running for governor. But it hasn’t been determined whether she will even return to the state to live full-time, let alone seek elected office.

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