National attention such as Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal editorial will fuel the view that Sam Brownback sees his governorship as a step toward another presidential run. “I have no doubt that this is part of a presidential campaign commercial to follow,” said House Minority Leader Paul Davis, D-Lawrence. Kansas City Star columnist Steve Kraske said it’s hard to give Brownback a final grade on the 2012 session, but he showed “a clear set of leadership traits that could prove attractive – or unappealing, depending on your viewpoint – for a future candidacy. He demonstrated flexibility and a hard-nosed quality that resulted in the tax bill surviving, but his tactics proved so heavy-handed at times that some labeled it bullying.”
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