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Sam Brownback appears to be backing Catherine Hanaway for MO governor

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback apparently is endorsing Catherine Hanaway for Missouri governor.

Brownback will appear at a reception for Hanaway on Wednesday at the Leawood home of KCP&L executive Chuck Caisley.

On one level, the endorsement is not a huge surprise. Hanaway is backed by super-wealthy Rex Sinquefield, who has long pushed tax cuts and other conservative measures.

In March, Brownback spoke to the Show-Me Institute, the St.-Louis-based think tank that Sinquefield bankrolls.

“Kansas is leading the whole nation and is setting the example for everybody,” Sinquefield said in an interview at the time with The Topeka Capital-Journal. He was referring to the Kansas income-tax cuts.

Hanaway, the first woman speaker of the Missouri House, is engaged in a tough, six-way race for the GOP nomination in Missouri. The primary is in August.

Brownback isn’t the only governor out for Hanaway. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who won kudos for her handling of the Confederate flag controversy in her state, will appear on Nov. 9 in St. Louis for Hanaway.