The GOP in Kansas has turned against itself as Republican Moderates from the state have turned their support away from the current Republican governor, Sam Brownback, and have instead endorsed the Democratic challenger Paul Davis.
More than 100 Republicans, including current and past officeholders according to Politico, are said to be showing support of Davis in the upcoming November election. These supporters have given Davis, what is being called a “surprisingly strong shot,” in the election.
Some of the supporters for Davis include former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum, former president of the Kansas Senate Dick Bond, and former legislator Steve Morris. “It’s a big step for every one of us,” says Bond, “and a major departure from our Republican roots.”
Former state Representative Charlie Roth is also supporting Davis, saying he has “nothing but positive things to say,” about Davis. Roth continues his support by saying, “I found him to be thoughtful, smart, and always open to suggestions. He is a natural leader and will bring Kansans together. He will be a tremendous governor.”
Many thought the state’s strict abortion laws would come under fire from Davis, but the up-and-coming challenger said he had no intention of changing the abortion laws and would leave them in place.
Davis has said he wants to implement planned tax cuts and use funds to improve the education system in the state, according to Newsmax.
According to a press release from the Davis campaign website, Davis for Kansas, many say the Republicans left Brownback because of the “experimental” tax plan he had put in place, which saw severe cuts to the education system, as well as “fiscally irresponsible budgeting.”
“All of us are proud Republicans,” reads another endorsement from former GOP lawmaker Wint Winter. “We came together because of our common love of Kansas, our commitment to Kansas families, and our belief in moderate, commonsense leadership.”