Kansas Congressional Race Draws National Attention

By: Stephanie Diffin Email
By: Stephanie Diffin Email

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September 27, 2010

One of the state's most highly-competitive November races is drawing national attention. A big name in the Republican party stopped in Wichita Monday to rally votes for his choice in the race for Congress in Kansas' fourth district.

"Fire Pelosi," is the message Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele brought to Wichita as he rallied votes for Republican Mike Pompeo.

"I mean why would we give the seat to the Democrats, just because they're running? We've got to do a little bit more than that," said RNC Chairman Michael Steele.

Democrat Raj Goyle is also putting forth an aggressive campaign to take the seat left open by Republican Todd Tiahrt.

"It certainly is on our high list of races, [which is] one of the reasons why I'm here," said Steele.

While Pompeo supporters are confident their candidate will become a congressman, Goyle supporters believe Pompeo will lose this November. Goyle backers displayed their confidence at a counter-rally just yards away from Pompeo's gathering.

"I think this is just people who believe in working hard and doing what's right. And they're out here to show their support for Raj Goyle because they know that's what he believes too," said Sedgwick Co. Democrats Executive Director Lyndsay Stauble.

Supporters at both rallies spoke out about their candidate's beliefs on a hot topic on this race's campaign trail, which is jobs.

"This time, vote for your job, because you could be next," said Goyle supporter Pat Lehman.

"We've shed two-and-a-half million jobs in the United States since this president took office, and the direction is not bigger government that will put them back to work," said Republican Fourth District Congressional Candidate Mike Pompeo.

But Pompeo says he can help put people back to work. And Monday, Michael Steele stood by him, on the RNC's nationwide tour to advocate firing Pelosi.

"It is time for a real change of leadership in the United States House of Representatives. And in Kansas four we can be a part of that," said Pompeo.

The RNC's "Fire Pelosi" bus tour is part of a nationwide effort to campaign for GOP candidates. The effort kicked off earlier this month and is set to continue until Election Day.

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