On the heels of Alan Keyes’ visit to Wichita in support of congressional candidate Jim Anderson, rival candidate and state Sen. Dick Kelsey is bringing another national conservative leader to Wichita.
Kelsey, R-Goddard, will be the host for two seminars Dec. 8 by former Ohio Rep. Bob McEwen, now chairman of Renewing American Leadership, an organization formed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
Gingrich launched the group in an effort to mobilize conservative Catholics and evangelical Christians in the political process and strengthen ties between economic and social conservatives.
The group’s platform combines traditional economic conservative themes such as lower taxes and less regulation of business with social conservative principles on issues such as abortion and school prayer.
A six-term congressman, McEwen served on the powerful Select Committee on Intelligence. He also served as a U.S. observer in Moscow during the 1991 coup attempt and at the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1992.
McEwen’s Wichita seminars will be the second visit to Wichita in recent weeks by a nationally prominent conservative, as candidates in the 4th Congressional District jockey for support in a crowded Republican primary field.
Nov. 21, the Anderson campaign drew about 200 people to the Cessna Events Center for a speech by Keyes, a former diplomat and perennial candidate for Senate and the presidency.
In addition to Kelsey and Anderson, the race also features Republican National Committeeman Mike Pompeo; oilman, investor and football-team owner Wink Hartman, and state Sen. Jean Schodorf, R-Wichita.
Democrats campaigning for the seat are state Rep. Raj Goyle and retired court services officer Robert Tillman.
McEwen’s Dec. 8 appearance will begin with a breakfast seminar on Renewing American Leadership at 7:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn, 549 S. Rock Road, Wichita.
Starting at 9 a.m., he’ll conduct a separate seminar, also at the Holiday Inn, on enhancing local economic development.
Admission to both seminars and breakfast is $30 a person. The price for the economic development seminar alone, without breakfast, is $10.
Proceeds will benefit Kelsey’s campaign. For information, call 316-771-7310 or e-mail Dick@DickKelseyforCongress.com.