Kraske rallies for Democrats

The Star’s Steve Kraske is the go-to guy for Democratic talking points in Kansas and Missouri:

On Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson, who will succeed Sebelius, said again that he wouldn’t run for governor in 2010.

So much for the party’s best-positioned candidate for that office.

Sebelius spoke for many Democrats last weekend at the party’s annual Washington Days banquet in Topeka.

“I know there’s a lot of angst among some of you tonight, angst about what’s going to happen … in 2010,” she said. “Are we at the edge of a cliff?”

The answer, the governor insisted, is absolutely not. The party holds four of six statewide offices and a congressional seat.

Democrats have rebounded before, she said. In 2001, the party couldn’t pay its bills. The next year, she won governor.

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