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Former GOP U.S. Sen. Nancy Kassebaum endorses Democrat Barbara Bollier

By: - September 17, 2020 9:14 am
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Barbara Bollier reported raising $13.5 million in the third quarter for the largest single-quarter fundraising total of any candidate in Kansas history. She is running for the open seat in Kansas against GOP nominee Roger Marshall. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Democrat Barbara Bollier (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

TOPEKA — Former Republican U.S. Sen. Nancy Kassebaum urged Kansans on Thursday to support the candidacy of Democrat Barbara Bollier for U.S. Senate.

Bollier is campaigning against U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall, the 1st District Republican who won the GOP primary in August.

“I’ve known Barbara for many years and she has the character, know-how and compassion to represent all communities in our state,” Kassebaum said. “Barbara shares my belief in working with members of both parties to solve problems and get things done.”

Kassebaum, who represented Kansas in the Senate from 1979 to 1997, said bipartisanship and cooperation was still possible in Washington, D.C.

“Electing Dr. Bollier would be a positive step towards making that happen,” Kassebaum said. “We can count on her to seek solutions to the immediate challenges before us: addressing the tragic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, restoring sound budget practices, investing in public education, and advocating for strong economic partnerships, not harmful tariffs.”

Previously, Bollier was endorsed by 75 current and former Republican political leaders.

Marshall has been endorsed by retiring U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts and former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole, both Kansas Republicans.

Former U.S. Sen. Sheila Frahm, appointed in 1996 to complete Dole’s unexpired term and subsequently defeated by Sam Brownback, endorsed Marshall. She said Marshall has proven himself on agriculture and health issues.

“I know that when it comes to leadership, it’s not about Republican or Democrat, but doing right by Kansans,” Frahm said.

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Tim Carpenter
Tim Carpenter

Tim Carpenter has reported on Kansas for 35 years. He covered the Capitol for 16 years at the Topeka Capital-Journal and previously worked for the Lawrence Journal-World and United Press International. He has been recognized for investigative reporting on Kansas government and politics. He won the Kansas Press Association's Victor Murdock Award six times. The William Allen White Foundation honored him four times with its Burton Marvin News Enterprise Award. The Kansas City Press Club twice presented him its Journalist of the Year Award and more recently its Lifetime Achievement Award. He earned an agriculture degree at Kansas State University and grew up on a small dairy and beef cattle farm in Missouri. He is an amateur woodworker and drives Studebaker cars.

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