Daily Archives: Aug. 22, 2013

Pompeo won’t be like Huelskamp; will help constituents

Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, isn’t following the lead of Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, who has said that he won’t help constituents with the Affordable Care Act. Though Pompeo opposes the health care law and wants to repeal it, he told The Eagle editorial board that his office will do its best to help constituents with whatever questions they have. Earlier this summer Huelskamp said that his office would tell constituents to “call your former governor,” referring to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. At a town hall meeting this week in Hutchinson, Huelskamp said his office wouldn’t be encouraging constituents to sign up for Obamacare.

Six’s endorsement of Stegall stands out

Of all the weighty names mentioned as having endorsed Caleb Stegall, Gov. Sam Brownback’s chief counsel, for the new 14th seat on the Kansas Court of Appeals, that of former Kansas Attorney General Steve Six (in photo) stood out. Six is a Democrat who was on the other side of Stegall on abortion-related cases involving former Attorney General Phill Kline. But his endorsement, and the governor’s decision to highlight it, is even more remarkable because of how conservative Republicans in Kansas conspired to trash Six’s name related to abortion and, with the shameless help of Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran, block President Obama’s nomination of Six to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals two years ago. Given that context, Six’s letter describing Stegall as a “deep thinker, a scholar of the law,” “highly principled, ethical,” “always prepared and diligent” and someone who “would make a terrific addition” to the court carries particular meaning.

Roberts didn’t mean to endorse Yellen

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., inadvertently made national political news Monday in Wichita when he was asked at the Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association annual meeting about a successor for Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. “I wouldn’t want Larry Summers to mow my yard,” Roberts said of the former Treasury secretary. “He’s terribly controversial and brusque and I don’t think he works well with either side of the aisle, quite frankly.” Though he expressed reservations about Federal Reserve Vice Chairwoman Janet Yellen as well, Roberts’ comments at the meeting about her being “very solid in how she approaches fiscal matters, the economy and the Fed” came across as an endorsement. He later told Politico that he was “not putting Yellen yard signs out in Kansas” and had already planned to vote against her out of concern that she would continue “easy money” policies. “I never intended to endorse her,” Roberts said. “I don’t like being the lone coyote on the Hill saying I’m for her.”