|By Bryan Lowry, The Wichita Eagle|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
More than 100 former and current Republican officials announced their support for the candidate at an event in Topeka on Tuesday, citing frustration with Gov.
The list includes three former Senate presidents, such as
The newly formed Republicans for Kansas Values would like to return the favor and oust Brownback, announcing its endorsement of Davis, the House minority leader, at the
"The guy that organized this group is
"And every day he's going to be adding to our number," Bond said. "As he said just very recently, he's going to 'double down' on the tax cuts. He brings in an extremist like
In response, a Brownback campaign spokesman said the governor "is focused on leading
"A lot of them represented an older generation of political thought that the voters rejected in 2010 and '12," Barker said in a phone call. "When's the last time any of them walked a precinct and talked to voters and said, 'What do you care about?'
"You don't see even the people who are described as moderates running today; you don't see them endorsing Davis, because that would be political suicide," Barker added.
Praeger said she supports Davis because she is "tired of seeing special interests running the state agenda. I think it's time to say wait a minute, the people of
"I suppose I could chalk this comment up to a cheeky, partisan comment by a young, immature man, but the fact that he is also a legislator and a policymaker is troubling," Wagnon said.
Several people cited concerns over the state's finances as the reason for supporting Davis.
"We've got members saying, 'I'm joining because
"I mean, you can't basically destroy the income tax base and then blame some spurious thing from the federal government. When you cut taxes, you lose revenue. I'm sorry, that's just the way it works," Rolfs said.
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