Rep. Dennis Moore (D-Lenexa) has long represented what should be a Republican congressional district. Nearly every cycle an ambitious, promising candidate decides to run against the entrenched incumbent, and every year the result is the same: the voters return the man they know to Washington. For years, members of the U.S. House of Representatives have been re-elected at rates in the mid to upper nineties, and like his colleagues Moore has been able to employ the incumbency advantage to his success.
While the seat would have been his for life, Moore announced this week that he would retire at the end of his current term. The move may have been a surprise to some but the flurry it prompted was not. The Republican bench is deep in the area, with many ready and waiting to move up to claim a seat that should belong to the party. The winner of the Republican primary will likely emerge as the district’s next congressman, given its normal political tendencies and a positive mid-term environment for Republicans.
So, who will it be? Nick Jordan? Kevin Yoder? Somebody else? I would love to see State Rep. Lance Kinzer of Olathe enter the field, although whether Lance feels it is his time or not I do not know (either way, he has a promising future ahead of him). I like what I’ve seen of Jordan, and he would seem to be the instant front-runner given that: a) as a state senator, he already has a decent-sized based in the district; b) having campaigned in the district last time around, he should have decent name ID in the district; c) he’s got a campaign machine already in place from the last time around.
Regarding my former state rep, Kevin Yoder, I don’t have strong feelings one way or the other, but I am holding a minor personal grudge until he answers my Facebook message to him about the state’s silly restrictions on non-alcoholic beer. One time while living in Overland Park I tried to pick up some O’Douls late on a weekend evening, and for some indiscernible reason, the store was not permitted to sell. That takes blue laws to a whole new level. But I digress.
Below is an email Jordan sent out today.
Last year, you and I stood together in an effort to warn others about the gathering storm in Washington. Unfortunately, those warnings fell on deaf ears with the liberal Democratic leadership in Congress.
Now, just one year later, we have amassed record deficits, increased spending beyond belief and are facing a complete government-takeover of our health care system. We can no longer afford to sit back and watch – the time has come for a new direction.
It is for this reason that I am writing you personally to tell you I have decided to run for congress, and I am asking you to stand with me in this fight.
Last week, Congressman Dennis Moore announced his plans to retire, presenting us a unique opportunity to win this open Congressional seat and once again restore a Kansas voice in Congress that will stand against Nancy Pelosi and her liberal agenda.
Please join me today in bringing real results for the people of Kansas. Your financial support today will help avoid a divisive primary, while letting the unchecked liberal majority in Washington know we are united in calling for a new and responsible course for America.
Also, please consider volunteering your time by joining Team Jordan.
I am profoundly grateful for your friendship and for the confidence you have placed in me. It will be my great privilege to have your ongoing support in this race, and I will work every day to earn it as we fight for the freedom and liberty on which our nation was founded.
With best wishes,
P.S. – Your generous support is so greatly appreciated – and greatly needed – as we fight back against a record federal budget and sky-rocketing national debt. Please keep our campaign in your thoughts and prayers over the next year.