A lot of Kansans are popping up in Washington as the 2020 race for U.S. Senate approaches.
Former U.S. Attorney for Kansas Barry Grissom is the latest visitor. He met this week with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other Democratic senators as he contemplates a run for the seat that will be vacated by Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, after the 2020 election.
Grissom said he could not comment on the meetings. Schumer’s office also did not comment.
“Folks in D.C. they’ll smile politely when you start talking about Kansas could be purple… but now after this last election they look you right in the eye,” Grissom told The Star in December after Democrat Laura Kelly was elected governor.
Grissom, a Johnson County resident, served as the top federal prosecutor in Kansas from 2010 to 2016. He is currently vice president of global policy and corporate counsel for Electrum Partners, a Nevada-based firm that invests in medical marijuana.
Grissom’s meeting with Schumer comes a week after Kansas Treasurer Jake LaTurner, a Republican and the only declared candidate for the race, visited with officials at the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Kansas, has also met with the NRSC, while Senate GOP leaders engaged in a very public effort to recruit Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.