State Sen. Dick Kelsey has picked up a notable endorsement from former presidential contender Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
Kelsey, R-Goddard, has tossed his hat in the ring for the 4th Congressional District. The seat’s current occupant, U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., who plans to run for governor.
Currently, Kelsey is the only official candidate for the seat.
Below is Huckabee’s endorsement message.
“I am proud to officially announce my endorsement of State Senator Dick Kelsey for the 4th Congressional District of Kansas.
“Senator Kelsey was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2004 and then elected to the Kansas State Senate in 2008. After his first term, he was elected Majority Caucus Chairman by his peers. I share in that confidence of his peers; Senator Kelsey has shown his leadership skills and has stood consistently by his Kansas values, our shared values, values that are in short supply in Congress these days.
“Dick believes that as a society we must protect life from conception to its natural conclusion. Dick believes in Limited Government and a Strong National Defense. Senator Kelsey also knows that hard work and small businesses are the backbone of our economy and that when we keep taxes low, we encourage them to flourish.
“Kansas is fortunate to have such a capable and proven leader in Dick. I am committed to doing all that I can to help make sure the people of the 4th Congressional District of Kansas have Dick as their next Representative. I hope you will join me in the fight for Kansas values, for conservative values, and support State Senator Dick Kelsey for the 4th Congressional District of Kansas. “