TOPEKA – The Secretary of State is denying an objection to a Libertarian's withdrawal from the 4th Congressional District, clearing the way for Wink Hartman to run instead.
On Wednesday, Tyler Longpine, spokesman for Kansas Secretary of State Chris Biggs, said the office determined there was no basis in state statute for one person to object to a candidate's declaration of incapability.
On Sept. 2, David Moffett, who had been the party’s pick filed a statement with the Secretary of State’s office declaring in was “incapable of fulfilling the duties of the office if elected.”
Later that week, word that Hartman, who came in third in the GOP Primary in August, was considering continuing his run for the congressional seat as a Libertarian.
The objection was filed by prominent Wichita Republican Mark Kahrs on Sept. 7 and maintained that “Mr. Moffett has had no materiel change in circumstance since his Libertarian Party nomination… which would no render him incapable of fulfilling his elected duties and justify his withdraw.”
The objection cast Moffett as a place-holder candidate and said allowing such maneuvering would “serve as a catalyst for increased political gamesmanship, undermining public confidence in the candidate selection process and the integrity of Kansas elections.”
Tuesday evening, Hartman had a teleconference meeting with Libertarian Party leaders to discuss becoming the party’s candidate. A final decision is likely Friday.