Remember that pheasant hunt back in March, hosted by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback?
As I wrote at the time, some politicians feared the $15,000-a-pop contributions requested for the hunt would go to his Road Map PAC “to try to oust moderate Republican lawmakers in August primaries.”
Guess what? It’s happening, to a degree.
Look at the latest filing for the Road Map PAC. It contains donations of $500 each to five Republican House members from Johnson County who face competition on Tuesday’s ballot.
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These incumbents have supported Brownback and his horrible fiscal and social policies the last few years.
Here are the Brownback backers who got the money, followed by the names of the more moderate GOP challengers who deserve to win in Tuesday’s primaries.
▪ 8th District, Craig McPherson (opposed by Patty Markley)
▪ 17th District, Brett Hildabrand (opposed by Tom Cox)
▪ 30th District, Randy Powell (opposed by James Dingwerth)
▪ 39th District, Charles Macheers (opposed by Shelee Brim)
▪ 43rd District, Bill Sutton (opposed by Donald Roberts)
The Road Map PAC also gave funds to Republican incumbents who don’t face challengers on Tuesday but will go up against Democratic candidates in November.
While $500 a pop for each candidate may not sound like a lot of money, the Road Map PAC also contributed tens of thousands of dollars to the pro-life group Kansans for Life, which have distributed mailed ads in favor of ultraconservative candidates.
We will see what voters say tomorrow on Election Day.
The best outcome: Voters ignore the candidates supported by the governor’s political action committee, oust the incumbents and give GOP challengers victories in the primaries.