Does the "D" after the names of Kansas' minority party legislators stand for "denial" these days? Gov. Mark Parkinson and the new lieutenant governor, Troy Findley, have ruled out running for governor. So has Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Lenexa. And the Democrats' appointed statewide officeholders, Attorney General Steve Six and Treasurer Dennis McKinney, haven't even had a chance to run for their own seats yet, let alone aim for Cedar Crest. Yet House Assistant Minority Leader Jim Ward (in photo), D-Wichita, said: "We will have a very strong candidate for governor." And House Minority Leader Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, said: "We have a very good chance of winning."
But who among them can possibly win against likely GOP nominee Sam Brownback, whose experience includes 12 years in the U.S. Senate, one term in the U.S. House and a run for president?