Sebelius Eyes Run for Senate: Report

Could face friend Pat Roberts in Kansas
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2014 10:18 AM CDT
Sebelius Eyes Run for Senate: Report
Kathleen Sebelius delivers the keynote speech at the opening of the University of Colorado's annual Conference on World Affairs, in Boulder, Colo., on April 7, 2014.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

She's only just leaving her post as health secretary, and under more than a bit of a cloud, but that doesn't mean Kathleen Sebelius' political career is over. Democratic insiders say her name is coming up quite a bit in discussions of potential Senate candidates in her home state of Kansas, the New York Times reports. Sebelius is considering the idea, says one source to the paper who has spoken to her. Democrats see Sebelius as their best chance at winning Kansas, which hasn't had a Democratic senator since 1939.

If she were to run, she would likely face Sen. Pat Roberts, an old friend who slammed her for "gross incompetence" in implementing ObamaCare; the Times paints a Sebelius run as a move for "revenge." Running for his fourth term at age 77, Roberts is seen as a potential target; a Sebelius campaign would at least force GOP spending in the state, the newspaper notes. Still, she hasn't won a race in Kansas since 2006, Mediaite observes, and many who know her say she's unlikely to run after her recent bout as the focus of Republican ire. (More Kathleen Sebelius stories.)

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