GOP Mods Group Endorses KS-1 Dem
September 9, 2014

(AP) – A group formed by former moderate Republican legislators is backing the Democratic nominee in the 1st Congressional District of Kansas over conservative GOP incumbent Tim Huelskamp.

Democrat Jim Sherow had a Statehouse news conference Tuesday to announce his endorsement by Traditional Republicans for Common Sense in the sprawling central and western Kansas district.

The group’s founders include dozens of former GOP state legislators. Former state Rep. Jim Yonally of Overland Park said the group opposes Huelskamp’s re-election partly because his conflicts with U.S. House Speaker John Boehner led to Huelskamp’s removal from the Agriculture Committee in 2012.

Huelskamp is seeking his third, two-year term. His spokesman, Mark Kelly, dismissed Sherow’s news conference as political theater.

The 63-year-old Sherow is a Kansas State University history professor and former Manhattan mayor.