State Sen. Tom Holland announced his candidacy for Kansas governor yesterday afternoon. Not long after the Baldwin City Democrat announced his intentions, the Kansas Republican Party welcomed him to the fray with a press release that showed the Sunflower State's GOP wasn't taking Holland seriously.
Kansas Republican Party Executive Director Ashley McMillan said in a statement: "It makes no sense to run an Obama-Pelosi liberal candidate statewide in Kansas in 2010. More likely, today's announcement is a precursor to the real Democratic candidate who will emerge in a few months."
Real candidate? I called up McMillan who told me not to get too attached to Holland.
"They've drug every Tom, Dick and Harry against Sen. [Sam] Brownback," McMillan said. "In fact, I think this is the second Tom."
True, Tom Wiggans' run was short lived.
So who is the real candidate?
"If you look at background, it points to [current Kansas Gov. Mark] Parkinson,"
McMillan said. "Although he said he isn't running, that's what who it
would appear to be. ... Tom Holland doesn't appear to be the candidate
that they were looking for, hoping for at this point in time."
But Holland's people say Kansas Republicans better get used to hearing his name.
"Tom Holland is in this to win it," Frances Gorman Graves told The Pitch.
Let the games begin.