Kansas politics going national?

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"And you have one hell of a governor.  And I think we have to talk about bringing him down to Washington or something!"

The president issued an invitation for yet another Kansan to join his administration during his speech in Topeka Saturday.  The president also recognized how big an impact Kansans have already made in his presidency.

"I guess that's how you win," Donald Trump told the crowd at the Topeka Expocenter.  "You get (people) from Kansas, you win!"

It was a sentiment the crowd heartily approved of as the president detailed everyone he works with from Kansas,  from his campaign manager to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.  Mr. Trump then suggested he'd like to bring one or two more Kansans into the fold, current Governor Jeff Colyer and maybe even the Republican gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach.

"It's a really cool thing," Kelly Arnold, the chairman of the Kansas Republican Party, said the next day about all the Kansans working in the federal government right now.  "President Trump is selecting people from our state that understand the Midwest values, understand what we represent and what we like to see done."

Arnold says the more Kansans in Washington D.C., the better for the state, from reputation to personal investment in Kansas.  Then there's the influence it has on the next generation. 

"So for the younger generation, they look at it as an opportunity that they can get involved," he said.   

Political analyst Dr. Russell Arben Fox from Friends University doesn't see that much benefit for most Kansans.  He says those who benefit will be Kansans with vested interests in particular issues like the threat of North Korea.

"Those Kansans obviously are going to benefit from having people that they know, people that they have connections with, directly in positions of power," Fox said.  "But is any of that going to actually result in tax policies, trade policies or any number of other things that are going to be materially important to Kansans?  I don't see why it would."

He says the current popularity of Kansans in the national government is more about the changing conservative political movements, nationwide and at the state level.

"It's very complicated.  There's a lot of moving parts.  It's difficult, I think, to get a clear sense of what's happening.  But, one of the results of all this is that you've got someone at the White House who's looking at Kansas and saying, 'These are my sort of people.  I want to grab some of these people,'" Fox explained.  "I don't see that as turning into anything that's going to lay the groundwork for Republicans 10 years from now, 20 years from now."

The Wichita Eagle reports Colyer has been in talks with the Trump Administration since the end of the August primaries, discussing possible positions in healthcare or international relations.  

We reached out to Colyer's office for confirmation.  His press secretary Kara Zeyer told us in an email, "The governor was very humbled and honored by the President’s remarks.  He is currently focused on leading the people of Kansas and making sure our great state stays red in November." 

Whether Colyer would take such a position, we don't know.  If he does, it would likely be after the new governor takes office in January.