By Suzanne Perez Tobias
Gov. Mark Parkinson said Friday that Raj Goyle is “exactly what we need” in Congress.
The outgoing governor announced his endorsement of Goyle, a Democratic state representative running for the 4th District congressional seat, in a brief speech at Watermark Books in Wichita.
Parkinson praised Goyle’s accomplishments and his ability to work with people of different political parties.
“He knows how to accomplish things,” Parkinson said. “We need people that actually get things done, that are not up there just to vote.”
The governor noted Goyle’s sponsorship of a law that gives executives expanded authority to negotiate incentive packages to keep companies in Kansas, and another that bans protests near funeral sites.
“Raj was not satisfied with just being disgusted” at military funeral protests organized by the Rev. Fred Phelps, Parkinson said. “He wanted to do something about it, and he did.”
Surrounded by supporters in the College Hill bookstore, Goyle thanked the governor for his support.
“He’s been a role model for me . . . as someone who puts the partisan politics aside and gets things done for the people of Kansas,” he said.
Goyle faces Republican Mike Pompeo in the Nov. 2 general election.