So they said

Robert Gates“People have no idea how much I detest this job.” – Wichita native Robert Gates (in photo), in an e-mail to a friend while serving as U.S. defense secretary

“Today I learned that football helmets are made out of soybeans while speaking to the Kansas Soybean Expo.” – Gov. Sam Brownback, tweeting on Wednesday

“Sometimes they’re mad at me, but we’ve always had a good conversation. Kansans disagree in a respectful way.” – Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., after a Salina town hall got testy on Thursday

“Liberal organizations endorse liberal candidate. Shocking.” – David Kensinger, a spokesman for the Brownback re-election campaign, about the endorsements of Democratic challenger Paul Davis by the Kansas Families for Education PAC and the Kansas National Education Association

“Because the state runs downhill from western Kansas to eastern Kansas, is the simplest answer.” – Josh Svaty, vice president at the Land Institute in Salina and former Kansas agriculture secretary, on why eastern Kansas residents should care about declining aquifer levels in western Kansas

“Thank you very much for your advice. We will take your opinion on these matters, consider them along with opinions from all other segments of the Kansas public and of interested parties, and we will make our decision, because the constitution tells us it is our decision as to how much to fund schools for in the next budget.” – Rep. John Rubin, R-Shawnee, suggesting to KCUR Radio how the Legislature might answer a Kansas Supreme Court decision ordering a specific school funding increase

“I think that we should actually be boring all of you tremendously. That means that we’re doing our job.” – Rep. Stephanie Clayton, R-Overland Park, also on KCUR, on whether it would be anti-climactic if the court instead directed lawmakers to do a new cost study