Kansans for Liberty wasn’t very successful in recruiting candidates to run against “pretend Republicans” in the GOP primary in August. But the tea party group spearheaded by Craig Gabel (in photo) of Wichita was successful at getting negative attention. Articles and editorials appeared in state newspapers on how the group was targeting moderate GOP state lawmakers who didn’t vote the way it wanted on issues such as education standards, guns and renewable energy. A Hutchinson News editorial said that “Kansans for Liberty apparently can’t stand the idea that a handful of Kansas lawmakers exists who won’t fall in lockstep with its ideal Kansas, where everyone thinks, acts and behaves exactly the same.” A Garden City Telegram editorial said that “any Statehouse candidates interested in pitching Kansans for Liberty’s radical agenda cannot be taken seriously.”
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