U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore, who announced that this is his last term, hinted to Kansas Democrats at their annual Washington Day celebration in Topeka that his wife Stephene may file for his office.
He made a point of looking at his wife and then telling Democrats “to stay tuned.”
Moore’s hint brightened what has been a rather grim year for Kansans Democrats in which they had difficulty finding viable candidates, and gives them a possible candidate for with as much name recognition as Moore does in his Kansas City-metro Congressional district.
Despite Republicans’ best efforts, Moore has hung on in the district, which is dominated by the heavily-Republican Johnson County suburbs. His decision not to seek re-election set off a feeding frenzy of Republicans anxious to file for the GOP nomination.
If she runs, Stephene Moore would join a lengthy list of wives who have tried to succeed their husbands in Congress.
The Washington Day celebrations also had other glimmers.
State Sen. Tom Holland, Baldwin City computer business owner who has built a reputation of knocking off established Republican legislators, announced he’ll take on Republican U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback for governor.
State Sen. David Haley, Kansas City, Kan., has also expressed interest in running for Brownback’s Senate seat. Retired newsman Charles Schollenberger, of Prairie Village, has announced he’s seeking the Democratic nomination. Whoever wins would face either U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran, western Kansas Congressman, or U.S. Rep. Tod Tiahrt, Wichita-area Congressman, who are locked in a fierce battle for the Republican nomination.
Democrats say they also think they have a solid candidate who’s mulling a challenge to Republican U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, who is facing primary opposition from two conservatives. That candidate is expected to announce his decision soon.