Moderate GOP group backs Democrat in Kansas 1st District Race

Sep 12, 2014

Jim Sherow, the Democratic nominee in Kansas' 1st Congressional District, answers questions from reporters about his campaign and the endorsement of Traditional Republicans for Common Sense, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, outside the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. To Sherow's right is former state Rep. Jim Yonally, of Overland Park, the group's chairman.

Jim Sherow recently received from Traditional Republicans for Common Sense according to a recent article from The Republic.  The 63-year-old Kansas State University history professor is the Democratic nominee for the 1st Congressional District of Kansas. 

The moderate GOP group says it opposes Tim Huelskamp partly because he was removed from the Agriculture Committee in December of 2012 due to conflicts with Speaker John Boehner.

Huelskamp is a tea party favorite, who has said he's willing to buck party leaders to represent his largely rural district, which covers more than 60 counties, mostly in western and central Kansas. He is seeking his third, two-year term

Sherow is a former Manhattan mayor, and served six years on the nonpartisan Manhattan City Commission.

Traditional Republicans for Common Sense was formed in 2012 by ex-legislators upset with the Kansas GOP's shift to the right.  The group also endorsed independent candidate Greg Orman in the U.S. Senate race, and many of its members are backing Democrat Paul Davis in the governor's race over incumbent Sam Brownback.

Chairman, former state Rep. Jim Yonally, of Overland Park, said the group expects to endorse Republican Attorney General Derek Schmidt's re-election.