At least Gov. Sam Brownback has ended the charade. Brownback had claimed that he was staying out of GOP primary elections (just as he claimed he stayed out of the fight over redistricting). But it was clear through the activity of his associates and allies which candidates he was backing (and which moderate Republicans he was targeting for defeat). Brownback finally dropped the pretense last week. “Because of the alliance in the state Senate between Democrats and some Republicans that join together to promote a Democrat agenda, the primary has effectively become the general,” Brownback said in an e-mail. “Therefore, I am going to be involved in a limited number of primaries” – though he has declined to provide a list of the candidates he is endorsing. Meanwhile, former Gov. Bill Graves is making stops this week in Wichita, Salina and Johnson County to help raise money for moderate candidates.
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