TOPEKA, Kansas — Former Republican U.S. Rep. Jan Meyers formally endorsed Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's re-election Monday, six days after being listed among dozens of GOP moderates backing Democratic challenger Paul Davis.
Brownback's campaign released an open letter from Meyers, who wrote that she is pleased with Brownback's successful efforts to cut the state's personal income taxes and they agree "on a broad range of issues." Meyers, now 85, represented the Kansas City-area 3rd Congressional District from 1985 to 1997.
Davis' campaign announced last week that it was backed by a new group, Republicans for Kansas Values, and Meyers was a top GOP moderate on a list of more than 100 endorsing Davis. But she said the next day that she would never publicly endorse a Democrat for governor, and she and the group attributed her listing to miscommunication or confusion.
Meyers wrote that she wants to "set the record straight," adding that throughout her career, she received support from all segments of the Republican Party.
"A lot of people didn't agree with me some of the time, but generally they closed ranks in the election and I was honored to have their support," she wrote. "And I believe loyalty is an important quality."
The governor's supporters have sought for days to counter the splash Davis made — which included national attention — for announcing so many moderate GOP endorsements at once. They cited Meyers' statements last week in doubting the list's validity.
But the new group's leader, former state Sen. Wint Winter Jr., of Lawrence, said last week's announcement was important because so many people holding office as Republicans are willing to say publicly that the state is headed in the wrong direction.
"We continue to add people," Winter said. "It's the numbers that are the story and not any one individual."
Brownback is facing a tougher-than-anticipated re-election in GOP-leaning Kansas, amid an intense debate over whether the income tax cuts he engineered are boosting the economy a promised or wrecking the state's finances.
The Davis endorsers included outgoing Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, two former lieutenant governors, three former Kansas House speakers and three former Senate presidents. Many have been out of office more than a decade.
Brownback re-election campaign: http://www.brownback.com/
Davis campaign: http://www.davisforkansas.com/
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