TOPEKA – Retiring Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger grew up in a Republican family and won’t drop her GOP affiliation even after the party moved well to her right.
But Praeger is breaking with the GOP by publicly opposing the re-election of Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts and Gov. Sam Brownback.
She’s also endorsed Democrat Dennis Anderson for insurance commissioner.
Praeger said Tuesday that she’s backing Democrat Paul Davis in the governor’s race and independent candidate Greg Orman in the U.S. Senate race because she wants to move the GOP back toward the center.
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She’s finishing her third, four-year term as insurance commissioner after deciding not to seek re-election this year. She turned 70 on Tuesday.
Kansas GOP Executive Director Clay Barker doubts her endorsements will carry much weight.