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.