Not only are moderate Republican and Democratic candidates for the Legislature critical of Gov. Sam Brownback’s policies, some conservative Republicans are also distancing themselves. For example, Joe Patton, who has been a conservative ally of Brownback and is seeking to unseat moderate Sen. Vicki Schmidt, R-Topeka, has a campaign radio ad that states: “Standing up to a sitting governor to defend the defenseless. That’s exactly the kind of common sense and courage we need in office.” – Phillip Brownlee
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