Kathleen Sebelius Says She’s Not Running For Senate

As I noted earlier this week, some Kansas Democrats were suggesting that Kathleen Sebelius, the former Kansas Governor and outgoing Secretary of Health and Human Services, should run for Senate this year for the seat currently held by Republican Pat Roberts. Yesterday, Sebelius made it clear that she’s not interested in running:

WASHINGTON — Kathleen Sebelius, the soon-to-be former secretary of the Health and Human Services Department, said through a spokeswoman on Thursday that she was not interested in running for the Senate in Kansas, despite recent entreaties from Democrats.

“Secretary Sebelius is continuing her important work at H.H.S. and is not considering a run for the Senate,” the spokeswoman said.

Not surprising, of course. As I stated previously, Sebelius’s own political baggage accumulated over the last four years, combined with the fact that Kansas has not had a Democratic Senator in 75 years, made the entire idea rather fanciful to begin with.

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  1. KansasMom says:

    Good. She would have derailed our efforts to knock off Brownback and regain the legislature.