Locals react to possibility of Sebelius running against Roberts

Kathleen Sebelius (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

DODGE CITY, Kan. — Talk about Kathleen Sebelius returning to Kansas got people from both sides talking about the political needs of Kansas and whether or not the state could potentially see a democratic Senator for the first time in over 80 years, and who that person might be.

Responding to the reports, the Kansas Democratic Party came right out and said at this point, they’re not backing her.

“We have no reason to believe that she would run,” said Executive Director of KDP Jason Perkey.  “What we’re concerned about is rooting out extremism in Kansas.”

While the party focuses on its declared candidates, some Kansans think the former Governor would be a great Senator.

“I thought, ‘Hallelujah!’,  That’s exactly what we need here in Kansas, someone to come and rescue us,” said longtime democrat Ethel Peterson. “And I can see her feeling that way about her old state of Kansas.”

The Kansas Republican Party disagreed though and said they are confident that Roberts isn’t going anywhere.

“Kansans are really behind Pat Roberts, his support in Kansas is really hard to beat,” said Scott Fischer, the Ford County Chair for the Kansas Republican Party. “I wouldn’t believe that she could gain very much traction here in Kansas because of her very close ties with Obama.”

That thought that isn’t just in the minds of conservatives.

“You’re going to see over the next few months, national democrats putting the blame for Obamacare on Sebelius because they have got to put the blame on somebody,” said Kelly Arnold of the Kansas Republican Party.

While democrats want their candidates to win, Perkey said the thing they really want to see is a shift in how conservative the state of Kansas has become.

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