Daily Archives: Oct. 8, 2010

4th District congressional candidates to debate at synagogue on Sunday





Mike Pompeo and Raj Goyle will square off in a debate Sunday at a Wichita synagogue in their continuing efforts to win the open seat in the 4th Congressional District.

The debate will be held 10:40 a.m. to noon at Congregation Emanu-El, 7011 E. Central.

Admission to the debate is free, but an optional Jewish-style brunch will precede the event.

The meal will be served from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Price is $7 a person.

The campaign has heated up in the past week since Goyle, a Democratic state representative, launched a television advertisement and held two press conferences criticizing Pompeo over the issue of outsourcing manufacturing jobs to China.

Pompeo, a Republican national committeeman, held a press conference of his own and said the ad misrepresents the business record of the oil-field services company he runs, Sentry International.

Kassebaum Baker joins Schmidt’s run for attorney general

TOPEKA – Former U.S. Sen. Nancy Kassebaum Baker will be one of four co-chairs on state Sen. Derek Schmidt’s run for attorney general.

She joins former Kansas Bureau of Investigation director Larry Welch as one of the statewide chairs. The other two have not yet been announced.

“I have known Derek Schmidt since he was a valued member of my Senate staff in the early 1990s,” Kassebaum Baker said. “He put himself through law school while serving on my staff, and I saw up close his work ethic and determination.

Schmidt, from Independence and currently the Senate Republican Leader, is running against Attorney General Steve Six, a Democrat.

Schmidt served as a member of Kassebaum Baker’s Senate staff from 1991 until 1997. He studied law at Georgetown University from which he graduated in 1996.

“Derek and I sometimes agree on issues, and sometimes disagree, but I always value the reasoned thought and solid judgment he applies to issues,” Kassebaum Baker said in a statement put out by the campaign.