“The KFC bucket came with a side of Republican panic.”
It takes two, or perhaps some occasions simply beg a hook in lieu of a lede, but still, Woodall and Lowry do eventually get around to such niceties ‘twixt cluckin’ buckets:
Anxiety over the GOP’s weakened grasp on Kansas’ 2nd congressional district, which includes Topeka and Lawrence, was on full display during last month’s state party convention.
GOP Rep. Lynn Jenkins is retiring. Republicans lack a clear front runner in the race to replace her, while Democrats have coalesced around Paul Davis, a former state lawmaker who won the district during his unsuccessful campaign for governor in 2014.
“If the election were held today, (there’s) a 70 percent chance Davis gets elected,” Mike Stieben, co-chair of Kansans For Life’s political action committee, told the crowd at a convention prayer breakfast.
He passed an empty KFC bucket around the room, urging people to drop in donations so his anti-abortion group could start campaigning in the district.
“We cannot elect Paul Davis,” Stieben said. “And he’s ahead. Wake up. We need your help.”
There is a great moment in which we might toss coins or play some obscure dice game to decide between “now more than ever”α, and why not pitch for one’s own anti-abortion group. This is, after all, Kansas.
α See Klein, 2011.
Image notes: Top — Detail of the Seal of the State of Kansas. Left — Kansas Congressional candidate Paul Davis [D-02]. (Photo: Associated Press)
Klein, Ezra. “The GOP’s jobs agenda: Now more than ever”. The Washington Post. 26 May 2011.
Woodall, Hunter and Bryan Lowry. “‘He’s ahead. Wake up.’ Kansas Republicans fear defeat in 2018 congressional race”. McClatchy DC. 15 March 2018.