Everybody assumed that Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson would run for governor in 2010, when the two-term limit kicks in for Kathleen Sebelius. As of Friday, “I’m out,” he said. Parkinson, a former Kansas Republican Party chairman, was Kansas Democrats’ best hope of extending their winning streak. Now what? The only other existing party stars are 3rd District congressman Dennis Moore of Lenexa, incoming state Treasurer Dennis McKinney and Attorney General Steve Six – but Moore has said he wants to run for re-election in 2010, and the other two haven’t even had a chance to win their seats outright, let alone use them as springboards to higher office. Somewhere Sen. Sam Brownback (the likely GOP gubernatorial nominee in 2010) is smiling.
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