After Rep. Todd Tiahrt (in photo), R-Goddard, finishes his last term in Congress in January, he may fill the Republican National Committee member position being vacated by his successor, Rep.-elect Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita. Tiahrt said he was asked to run for the national committee spot, which will be filled in late January at the Kansas GOP's annual Kansas Day festivities. He wants to ensure that Kansas tea partiers have a say in GOP politics. "I just want to make sure that when it comes to new ideas, the Republican Party doesn't become the party of old, stodgy ideas, and that we are very receptive to this new movement and the ideas they bring," Tiahrt told the Kansas City Star, adding that "I want to stay in the fight, and I think this is one way to do it."
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