Kansas Candidates explain why they switched

Last week I blogged an entry from DonkeyRising about in influx of Republicans entering the Democratic party.  The crux of the piece had to do with GOP mystery and intrique in Kansas.  Now The Kansas City Star gives further details:

Ending lifelong allegiances to the Republican Party in Kansas was no simple matter.

“I didn’t sleep well that night,” said Kent Goyen of Pratt, who’s running for the 114th District seat.

But each of the party jumpers had a common tonic — visits with Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, either in person or by telephone.

Those talks eased the way for several new Democrats.

“She said we are all Kansans,” said Judy Leyerzapf of Abilene. “I think that’s a great answer. We’re all about the same thing, really.”

Whether the state is seeing the beginning of a trend that features a more robust Democratic Party and a Kansas GOP shorn of its moderate base remains to be seen.

In other words, some of the new Democrats have to win in November if the party jumping is to continue.

What follows in the article is an explanation from each party jumper.  Fascinating read.

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