Some Kan. Dems Still Want Governor To Run In 2010

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Monday, July 20, 2009

Some Kansas Democrats want Gov. Mark Parkinson to change his mind about running for a full term next year.

That's despite his repeated statements that he's planning to leave politics.

Parkinson declared that he wouldn't be a candidate for any office in 2010 before term-limited Gov. Kathleen Sebelius resigned in April.

When she became U.S. health and human services secretary, her departure elevated Parkinson from lieutenant governor to governor, putting him in a stronger position for a 2010 campaign.

His insistence that he won't run leaves Democrats without a candidate to face Republican Sen. Sam Brownback. The senator became the presumed GOP nominee when Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh dropped out of the Republican race last month.

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