Kansas Republican Party asks candidates to sign loyalty pledges
TOPEKA, Kansas: This year Kansas will hold state legislative elections, with all 40 Senate seats and 125 House seats being up for grabs. Republicans dominate the Senate 32-8 and the House 92-33. The state party's leadership, however, is concerned about exactly what kind of Republicans are running and thus are asking candidates to sign a pledge publicly declaring their loyalty to the party's leadership.
Clay Barker, Executive Director of the state Republican Party, said letters were sent out last week to the official Republican candidates running for Senate, with a similar one going out to House candidates this week. "It was to help all the elected Republican senators to hold together around the Republican leadership," he said.
Senate Majority Leader Jay Emler (R) refused to sign the pledge, saying "I have never signed any pledge — period — because signing a pledge that somebody else prepared is taking away options for my constituents."
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