William Kassebaum – the campaign treasurer for potential gubernatorial candidate state Rep. Paul Davis, D-Lawrence – has had experience with the moderate-conservative divide in state politics and with David Kensinger, president of Gov. Sam Brownback’s political action committee. In 2004, when Kassebaum was a moderate GOP state lawmaker, he was targeted for defeat by the anti-tax group Club for Growth, which mailed thousands of postcards and purchased radio ads denouncing him, the Lawrence Journal-World reported. At that time, Kensinger guided the local chapter of Club for Growth. Kassebaum, who is the son of former U.S. Sen. Nancy Kassebaum and grandson of former Gov. Alf Landon, said that for Davis to win, he would need support from moderate Republicans.
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