There are similarities between Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, who is considering running for governor, and Rep. Tom Sawyer, D-Wichita, who ran for the office in 1998. In both cases, the Kansas Democratic Party struggled to find a candidate to take on a heavily favored GOP opponent. Sawyer ran against incumbent Gov. Bill Graves, and Holland, if he runs, will likely face Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan. "What Sawyer got for his party loyalty was a beating you normally wouldn't see outside of a Beetle Bailey cartoon," Topeka Capital-Journal columnist Ric Anderson wrote. But Anderson thinks Holland could do better. "Where Graves was a moderate who had support from middle-of-the-road voters, Brownback's conservatism could play against him at the polls," Anderson wrote.