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Sebelius Said to Weigh Run for Kansas Senate Seat
« on: April 16, 2014, 08:58:28 AM »
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/17/us/politics/kathleen-sebelius.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-thecaucus&_r=0

Sebelius Said to Weigh Run for Kansas Senate Seat

By JEREMY W. PETERSAPRIL 16, 2014



WASHINGTON — In her darkest hour last fall, Kathleen Sebelius suffered one of the deepest cuts from an old family friend who accused her of “gross incompetence” over the rollout of the Affordable Care Act and demanded that she resign as secretary of health and human services. Now she is weighing revenge.

Ms. Sebelius is considering entreaties from Democrats who want her to run against that old friend, Senator Pat Roberts, Republican of Kansas.

Several Democrats said this week that Ms. Sebelius had been mentioned with growing frequency as someone who could wage a serious challenge to Mr. Roberts, 77, who is running for a fourth term and is considered vulnerable. One person who spoke directly to Ms. Sebelius said that she was thinking about it, but added that it was too soon to say how seriously she was taking the idea.

It was only last week, after all, that Ms. Sebelius, 65, said that she would step down from her cabinet job.

Even if Ms. Sebelius had not presided over the Department of Health and Human Services at a time of turmoil and self-inflicted distress — and while carrying out a law that inspires such anger on the right — her candidacy would be a tough sell in Kansas. Democrats have not held a Senate seat in the state since 1939. And even before the president’s popularity started to take a steep slide last year, he fared especially poorly in Kansas, winning only 38 percent of the vote there in 2012.

Democrats say that Ms. Sebelius would be their best hope at winning in a tough state, especially if Mr. Roberts loses his primary to Milton Wolf, a Tea Party-backed radiologist who has alarmed mainstream Republicans with some of his actions, such as when he posted gruesome pictures of gunshot victims on Facebook.

Perhaps more significant, Ms. Sebelius would force Republicans to spend money in Kansas as they tried to fight off her challenge. Her family has a long history in the state, and she was a popular, twice-elected governor. In 2006, she was re-elected with 58 percent of the vote.

But friends and Democrats who know her said that they seriously doubted she would follow through and mount a campaign, considering how personally difficult the past six or seven months had been. She has been mocked and excoriated by Republicans on Capitol Hill, who made her the face of the Affordable Care Act’s problems. And she has told people that she anticipated staying on in her job as secretary for a while longer. President Obama has already nominated a successor, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the current director of the Office of Management and Budget, but her appointment must be approved by the Senate.

Ms. Sebelius would have until June 2 to decide, the deadline for filing for the Senate primary in Kansas.

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Re: Sebelius Said to Weigh Run for Kansas Senate Seat
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2014, 09:46:39 AM »
God help Kansas and the United States should she run and be elected. :doa:
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Re: Sebelius Said to Weigh Run for Kansas Senate Seat
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2014, 10:03:30 AM »
God help Kansas and the United States should she run and be elected. :doa:

Her father, John Gilligan, was governor of Ohio back in the early seventies. He started the state income tax, and was booted out after one term. She would bring Kansas down, like she did the country.

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Re: Sebelius Said to Weigh Run for Kansas Senate Seat
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2014, 10:16:02 AM »
Her father, John Gilligan, was governor of Ohio back in the early seventies. He started the state income tax, and was booted out after one term. She would bring Kansas down, like she did the country.

I knew she had a good pedigree!
Abraham Lincoln:

There is no grievance that is a fit object of redress by mob law.
--January 27, 1838 Lyceum Address

Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties. And not to Democrats alone do I make this appeal, but to all who love these
great and true principles.
--August 27, 1856 Speech at Kalamazoo, Michigan

Let us then turn this government back into the channel in which the framers of the Constitution originally placed it.
--July 10, 1858 Speech at Chicago

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Re: Sebelius Said to Weigh Run for Kansas Senate Seat
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2014, 10:19:55 AM »
God help Kansas and the United States should she run and be elected. :doa:

No. If they elect this vile woman, 'eff them. They know exactly what they're getting, and they deserve every bit of it.

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Re: Sebelius Said to Weigh Run for Kansas Senate Seat
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2014, 10:32:32 AM »
Kansas had exactly one county vote Democrat in the last Presidential election, out of several dozen. I don't think her winning is a serious threat.
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Re: Sebelius Said to Weigh Run for Kansas Senate Seat
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2014, 10:37:41 AM »
She should close her eyes and click her red shoe heels together......


She's got a better chance of shaking hands with Jesus Christ than becoming US Senator from Kansas.


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Re: Sebelius Said to Weigh Run for Kansas Senate Seat
« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2014, 12:52:25 PM »
UPDATE: No dice.

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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is not interested in running for the U.S. Senate in Kansas, the New York Times reported.

A Sebelius spokeswoman told the newspaper in a story posted late Thursday that the secretary is "continuing her important work at H.H.S. and is not considering a run for the Senate."


http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2014/04/17/kathleen-sebelius-senate-kansas/7855519/
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