David Kensinger, the governor’s former chief of staff turned lobbyist, would not talk about what role he played in crafting the state’s proposed budget when he was approached in the hallway of the Capitol on Wednesday.
He offered an elaborate practical joke instead.
Kensinger took the notepad of the reporter asking the question and wrote down the name “Don Carman.”
“Look him up. He’s a great guy. Anything he says for a quote is authorized to be attributed to me,” Kensinger said.
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“Look him up. He’s easy to find,” Kensinger said repeatedly when asked who Carman was and how he could be contacted.
A quick Internet search shows that Carman is a retired Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers and Cincinnati Reds before retiring in 1992.
Carman posted a handwritten list of cliched responses to reporter’s questions that could be used after any game during the 1990 season when he had a 4.15 ERA while playing with the Phillies.
Here are some of Carman’s quotes taken from the Baseball Almanac. They also can be attributed to Kensinger with his permission.
“I’m just glad to be here. I just want to help the club any way I can.”
“If we stay healthy we should be right there.”
“This team seems ready to gel.”
“I didn’t have my good stuff, but I battled ’em.”
“I couldn’t have done it without my teammates.”
“We’ll get ’em tomorrow.”
Last month, The Eagle obtained an e-mail that showed Kensinger was given advance notice of the governor’s proposed budget, even though the governor said in October that he rarely consults Kensinger on policy. Earlier last year, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported that federal authorities were investigating Kensinger’s activities.
Kensinger's love of baseball is well-known in Kansas political circles.