WASHINGTON, April 16, 2014– In this town, one rarely stays gone for long. Only a week has passed since former Department of Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius stepped down from her cabinet position. The departure has largely been credited to the failed Obamacare roll out.
According to a report by Jeremy Peters of the New York Times, Sebelius is now weighing a possible bid for United States Senate. Democrats believe that incumbent Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) is vulnerable and Sebelius is the one to take him out.
However big Democrats may dream, it does not seem likely that Sebelius can take the seat. Democrats haven’t held a U.S. Senate seat in Kansas since the late 1930s. In fact, Kansas has only elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate three times since it achieved statehood. In addition, many believe that Republicans will regain control of the Senate this year due to multiple scandals that have been executed throughout the Obama presidency.
Roberts’ true concern is not with Sebelius. His tea party challenger Dr. Milton Wolf presents the most dangerous obstacle to reelection. Reporting $313,000 from individual donors, recently released quarterly fundraising totals show that the Wolf campaign could be gaining some traction. In contrast, Roberts only raised $274,000 from individual donors. Meanwhile, he raised an additional $260,000 from special interest super PACs.