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Magazine for political pros and 'people of power' profiles Kelsey, Moran

KelseyMoranState Sen. Dick Kelsey and U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran are featured in the fall edition of Political Leaders Today, which bills itself as “The Magazine for People of Power.”

Both candidates — Kelsey is running for the 4th District congressional seat and Moran is running for US Senate — are the subject of multi-page profiles and big photo spreads outlining their platforms and strategies and assessing their chances of winning.

Kelsey is seeking the seat being left open by Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard.

Tiahrt is leaving the House and running against Moran for the Senate seat now held by Sam Brownback, who is running for governor.

The five-way GOP primary in the 4th District includes Kelsey, GOP National Committeeman Mike Pompeo, state Sen. Jean Schodorf, oilman and football-team owner Wink Hartman and small-business owner Jim Anderson.

Kelsey, the magazine concludes, “has more than a fighting chance against the running pack of candidates for the 4th Congressional District.

“In a time when politicians have been buying their way into the political scene, Kelsey has the proven track record to accomplish more for the people of Kansas,” the article continued.

The magazine is also high on Moran’s chances.

“While both gentlemen (Moran and Tiahrt) have been busy collecting endorsements, Moran uniquely secured the endorsement of seven mayors in Johnson County, a district he has never represented,” the article said. “This band of mayors are a popular bunch, well-liked in the community and keen on Moran’s vision for Kansas.

“Considered a swing area and representing 25 percent of the vote … it could just be the portent he needs to win over other new voters.”

But don’t go looking for the magazine at your local newsstand.

It has less than 10,000 circulation and is targeted directly to an audience of lobbyists, campaign consultants and high-income businesspeople/campaign donors.

The magazine does not accept subscription orders from the general public and the political news in it is sandwiched between ads for Mercedes-Benz automobiles and Rolls Royce wristwatches.

But while you can’t buy the magazine, you can access an online edition, which includes the Kelsey and Moran profiles, at