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Kansas Republican Party asks candidates to sign loyalty pledges

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April 26, 2012


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.[1]

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.[2]

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."[2][3]

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