Former Democratic Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius will return to the state later this week. The visit is connected to an event being held for a statehouse politician who's weighing a run for the governor's office.
Gov. Sam Brownback has selected his office's top attorney, Caleb Stegall, as the nominee for an open seat on the Kansas Court of Appeals. Brownback calls him the most qualified candidate for the job.
“His depth of knowledge across the broad spectrum of legal topics continues to impress me and others around this building. I’ve never known an attorney who can provide such excellent counsel on so many topics," said Brownback.
But the top Democrat in the House, Paul Davis from Lawrence, says the selection means that Brownback picked a friend for the job.
We could hear of a Democratic challenger to incumbent Republican Gov. Sam Brownback by Labor Day.
The Democrats most often mentioned as potential candidates are Kansas House Minority Leader Paul Davis of Lawrence; businesswoman and former Board of Regents member Jill Docking of Wichita, and former state Agriculture Secretary Joshua Svaty, of Ellsworth County.
Democrats say their nominee will need to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars and build statewide name recognition early.