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What's this kid going to do, challenge me in 2014?
Since Jerry Moran vacated his House seat in Kansas' 1st Congressional District in 2010 to become junior U.S. Senator in Kansas, Rep. Tim Huelskamp has become quite a replacement in return.

In fact, Huelskamp hasn't just become a replacement for Senator Moran's old House seat, he's become a cartoon.

Here'e Congressman Huelskamp vs. then-Secretary of Treasury Timothy Geithner in 2012 on tax increases and the "Obama Jobs Gap."  Needless to say, Huelskamp has been quite on an agenda that is pretty much, well, much-ado-about-nothing.

And Huelskamp is having a tense exchange between Joe Scarborough on Morning Joe over the gun control issue.  You know when you're in the GOP and you've lost Scarborough, you better start, you know, zipping your mouth.

Unfortunately, no Democrat was able to be recruited to challenge Congressman Huelskamp for re-election in 2012 and he got re-elected with no contest, basically getting 100% of the votes in a red district.

However, this time around, amazingly, a Democratic candidate is running to challenge Huelskamp in 2014 although naturally, he doesn't have any support from the DCCC or any Democratic grassroots groups that I know of.

His name is Bryan Whitney, a moderate Democrat who happens to be a '13 Graduate of Wichita State University.

Wichita State University political science major Bryan Robert Whitney is seeking the Democratic nomination in the 2014 race for the 1st District, against U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler/Hutchinson.

Whitney, 27, is a graduate of Syracuse High School and listed his grandparents' residence in Kearny County - 1959 Road B, Kendall - on candidacy statement papers received Wednesday by the Federal Election Commission.

One problem is that Whitney doesn't currently live in KS-01 although he is able to run in the district even while he doesn't live there:

Wichita is in the 4th Congressional District, and Whitney does not plan to move back to the 1st District until 2015 - after the August primary and November general elections of 2014.

A provision in the U.S. Constitution allows Whitney to run for any Congressional seat in the state, as long as he lives in the state.

However, Whitney does state mention that he won't be able to move to KS-01 as his wife Selia won't be able to move until 2015.

He's also very much against Huelskamp and how he's handling his priorities as Congressman:

Whitney criticized Huelskamp for not being a bigger advocate for federal farm subsidies.

He also questioned Huelskamp's priorities and use of time.

Whitney said he didn't particularly care for the Obama Administration's Affordable Care Act, but Huelskamp's attacks on "Obamacare" are "a colossal waste of time," Whitney said.

In addition, Whitney is newly-registered in the Democratic Party and points out he's particularly troubled by Governor Sam Brownback and Secretary of State Kris Kobach's policies in the State of Kansas:

What mainly drove him to become a Democrat were two Kansas Republicans: Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Gov. Sam Brownback.

Whitney views Kobach's election policies as infringing on the rights of Hispanic and elderly voters. Whitney blasted Brownback's tax policies and said Brownback is not sufficiently funding education.

Bryan Whitney seems to be really passionate about immigration issues and affected by them on a personal level within his family.  Here he appears with his wife Selia to talk about the issue and he reveals, in graphic detail, on what immigrants are having to deal with in Kansas:

And he's also looking to focus on agriculture as an issue:

Although I haven't seen a campaign website for Bryan Whitney as of yet, his Facebook page has lots of posts and they indicate he's got real fire in his belly:

Bryan Whitney
December 18, 2012

Entitlement reform? Does that mean Congress wants to reform their own retirement "entitlement?" If so sign me up, because there is no reason for a congressmen to serve one term and retire on well over the median income of the American people.
Bryan Whitney
November 7, 2012

Republicans nationwide are asking what can be done to reach more voters next time around. You all like point plans so here it goes.

1. Stop alienating hispanic voters. They are leaving the kind of system (particularly in Mexico) democrats are trying to create, this should be a slam dunk for you.

2. Stop talking about tax cuts and start talking conditional tax incentives.

3. Remove any affiliation with some of the idiots in the party. Todd Akin etc.

4. Stop putting up weak Presidential candidates and hoping that a vibrant VP can liven up the ticket only to blame the VP candidate when you lose the election.

5. Start being more transparent with campaign contribution and stop accepting campaign funds from corporate entities.

There its a 5 point plan, plain simple clean cut.

Now in the State of Kansas, it's one of the reddest states in the U.S. but hell, if you reside in KS-01, you really have nothing to lose by supporting his candidacy.  I'm not 100% sure he'll satisfy all progressives but at least the following is evident:

1)  He's not Tim Huelskamp
2)  He gives a damn
3)  He is against the agenda of Kris Kobach and Gov. Brownback

And he seems to be very intelligent at the same time.  Wouldn't this be a big improvement over Huelskamp for any of you Kossacks that live in KS-01?

So hopefully Bryan Whitney will have a website up and his campaign underway  at some point since it's uncertain as of yet if there will be another Democratic candidate emerging in KS-01.

In the meantime, Whitney does have a Facebook page and an ActBlue Donation link for you to contribute if you decide to do so:



Start firing up the base, however difficult it may be in Kansas!

Originally posted to Knowledge Democrats on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 03:30 PM PDT.

Also republished by Kansas & Missouri Kossacks.


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  •  Interesting. I wish him all the best! (1+ / 0-)
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  •  What a fool (2+ / 0-)
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    Uwaine, Gygaxian

    He should be running in the 2nd or the 3rd where he actually has a chance. Kansas' 1st makes UT-02 look like San Francisco.

    •  In the end.. (4+ / 0-)
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      gfv6800, Odysseus, rbird, Statusquomustgo

      Any opposition, even opposition I'm not in love with in that district is good.   it helps other democrats elsewhere on the ballot and gets someone as an alternative, just so democrats feel they can go to the polls and vote against someone.

      Tim has run unopposed the last few cycles, and that benefits no one.

      Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

      by Chris Reeves on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 04:09:39 PM PDT

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    •  I understand your point, but one could campaign (2+ / 0-)
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      Odysseus, Gygaxian

      on the likelihood that Huelskamp will make some grievous errors (Akin-like). Especially if his opponent were able to get under his skin. I remember when the election was Akin's to lose, and lose it he did. Factor in the "most people get really annoyed with snivelling little s**ts" effect and maybe there is a race.

      Of course, this is Kansas. That scenario may be impossible.

      (And I loved the "makes UT-02 look like San Francisco" line).

      "Yes, reason has been a part of organized religion, ever since two nudists took dietary advice from a talking snake." - Jon Stewart; The Daily Show

      by Uwaine on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 04:16:29 PM PDT

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    •  There's already a Democratic candidate in KS-02 (2+ / 0-)
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      gfv6800, Odysseus

      Her name is Margie Wakefield and she's also got fire in her belly.

      •  Getting ready to meet with her .. (0+ / 0-)

        Next week, it looks like, to see how we can help her strategy.

        Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

        by Chris Reeves on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 07:26:38 PM PDT

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  •  It's great of him to make the run, (2+ / 0-)
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    gfv6800, Odysseus

    but I'm skeptical of his chances, especially not even living in the district. Whether or not he is legally able to run, that's a big handicap in the very provincial voters' minds.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 03:58:32 PM PDT

  •  Apart from anything else he needs to do a little (0+ / 0-)

    research for his criticisms.  One term in Congress does not bring in a retirement income at all, much less one above the median income of Americans.  I don't consider it a substantive issue, but correcting the lies and exaggerations of the Republican needs to be accompanied by accurate comment from the Democrat.

    •  That's rather nitpicky (0+ / 0-)

      I saw his argument as criticizing the GOP because they continue to talk about "entitlements" when they get healthcare, security, etc. and attack those who can't get these benefits because of no fault of their own.  Sure, maybe what he's saying is not exactly 100% but he's not an economist.  He's a candidate.

      I'd say the GOP needs to do research for its criticisms.

      •  Very nitpicky (0+ / 0-)

        especially considering that those GOP reps who do retire end up with very lucrative gigs as either lobbyists or working for lobbyists or at some conservative 'think tank'.  Maybe those were the entitlements he was referring to.  If so I'm all for some kind of end it.  

        This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

        by DisNoir36 on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 08:07:38 PM PDT

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        •  You might be getting at to what Whitney's arguing (0+ / 0-)

          First off, in all of what I've seen about him, he doesn't seem to have a large operation for starters, he's in his late 20's and lives in Kansas of all places.  I think looking at this, one has to admire his audacity.  According to what his Facebook page states, Whitney even went to the Chairwoman of the Kansas Democratic Party, had an extensive conversation with her, and noted he got support from her on his candidacy.  Now most of the information I'm getting is on a Facebook page of all sources but still, it's pretty awesome for a 28 year old kid to go up to the Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of the state and talk with her at length on the issues.  It shows he's very serious although the one thing that remains to be seen is how his campaign team (if he has one) will formulate.

          Besides, there's a lot of consistency with what Whitney is saying and he obviously does seem to care about the underdog, the disadvantaged and others who are going through hardship for no fault of their own.  I see a lot of what he's arguing and my sentiment is there with him, even if I may not speak his same exact language.  I do echo his sentiment and what he's arguing for the most part.

          •  Whitney's candidacy is laughable (0+ / 0-)

            Let me preface this by saying I am very familiar with this race, this candidate and this state and party.  I've been active in the KS Democratic party for many years, and can tell you this is a joke.  He has no intention of moving to the district and is running on legalizing marijuana.  He is doing more damage to the party than he's helping because of his residency.  You cannot run in rural Kansas with Wichita, KS by your name on the ballot.  And you cannot run in one of the most conservative Congressional districts with a pro-pot platform.  If he wants to run, he needs to do so in a district he lives in.  Otherwise, he needs to go away or face a primary.

            •  So what about the following? (0+ / 0-)

              Whitney mentions on his Facebook that as of February 7th he received support from the Kansas Democratic Party chair, Pat Lehman.

              "Today I met Pat Lehman, a chairperson of the Kansas Democrat Party. After extensive conversation on politics, lobbying, and history, she gave a vocal pledge of support for me to run in the 2014 election against Tim Huelskamp for the first congressional district of Kansas. This is huge."

              Can Whitney either be exaggerating on this or do you discount this actually happened?

              •  I would discount his party support (0+ / 0-)

                In February, no one knew he didn't live in the district.  However, since his residency has come to light as well as his campaign to legalize marijuana, support from the party establishment has disappeared.  I'm sure a primary challenge is imminent.

  •  He deserves kudos for having the guts to run (0+ / 0-)

    in such a tough district.

    For those who don't know, this district takes in more than half the state.  It's very rural--some of the counties in the district have less than 20,000 people.  It spills across parts of three television markets and two timezones.   And it's insanely Republican--R+22.  

    If nothing else, Whitney deserves enough resources to keep Huleskamp tied down.  After all, Huelskamp is one of the best examples of why politicians should get out of the redistricting business.

  •  I've noticed that on KS-01 (0+ / 0-)

    Bryan Whitney will definitely have his work cut out for him if he campaigns in the district as it does encompass most of Kansas and it's quite a territory to begin with.

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