Posts Tagged ‘J.R. Claeys’

Editorial: Derek Schmidt still needs to answer why he funded attacks on religious conservatives

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

It looks like Kansas Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt wants to run state-wide in 2010, for Secretary of State.  He’ll face the well-respected former state Republican party leader and constitutional scholar Kris Kobach, along with another tough challenger, J.R. Claeys.

There are many policy-related reasons for Republican voters to be skeptical of of Senator Schmidt.  But there’s at least one rather odd piece of baggage carried by Schmidt that is particularly troubling:  in 2008, he approved of the donation of thousands of dollars of Senate Republican Leadership PAC money to a far-left group called The Kansas Traditional Republican Majority (KTRM), which then, without real evidence or without any later apology, labeled as “racists” former Republican Congressman Jim Ryun (then in a close primary with now-Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins), former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline, and the Family Research Council (FRC), along with the FRC’s leader Tony Perkins.

KTRM’s views are extreme, without a doubt, but its supporters, while small in number, are relatively influential and have close political ties to Schmidt, and to the other two state senators who operate the Senate Leadership PAC (President Steve Morris and Vice President John Vratil).  In other words, it would be tough for Schmidt to claim that he didn’t know what he was getting into when directing thousands of dollars to the group.

It’s tough to know where to begin with such an absurd attack on religious conservatives.  It sure doesn’t seem like a way to gain the affection of Kansas’ Republican primary voters.

If Schmidt wants a promotion to a state-wide office, he needs to explain his support of KTRM.

KTKA on Kobach: Ex-GOP leader running for Kansas secretary of state

Thursday, May 28th, 2009


Former Kansas Republican Party Chairman Kris Kobach has formally announced he’s running for secretary of state.

Kobach confirmed his plans Tuesday in a news release. Kobach appointed a campaign treasurer in January.

He was state GOP chairman for two years, stepping down in January so he could run.

He will face J.R. Claeys, of Salina, for the Republican nomination in the August 2010 primary. Claeys is a former CEO of the National Association of Government Contractors

Claeys on victory in Republican straw poll

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

A recent press release from:

Claeys Wins Republican Straw Poll



Topeka, Kans. — J.R. Claeys defeated his Republican primary challenger for Kansas Secretary of State in the first Republican Straw Poll of the 2010 election. Claeys earned 61.7% of the vote compared to just 38.3% for Kris Kobach.

“I appreciate all the Kansas GOP activists who participated in the poll,” said Claeys. “We’ll continue doing what we’ve been doing. Traveling the state, taking our message to the voters.”

Stay Red Kansas conducted the poll of Republican activists over a three day period online. The official straw poll results were posted today on the Stay Red Kansas Blog.

“To those who voted for me, I will work hard to make you proud of your choice,” said Claeys. “And to those who didn’t, I will spend the next 18 months earning your trust.”

Claeys is a Salina native and former president of a national business association. Kobach is a professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.�

Claeys arrives in El Salvador tomorrow to serve as an international elections observer for the presidential elections there on Sunday. Claeys is a certified international elections observer, running for the office that oversees Kansas elections.

Complete Straw Poll Results:

Secretary of State�
�- J.R. Claeys – 1360 – 61.7%
�- Kris Kobach – 844 – 38.3%

U.S. Senate
�- Congressman Jerry Moran – 1838� – 64.3%
�- Congressman Todd Tiahrt – 1017 – 35.7%

Kansas Governor
�- Senator Sam Brownback – 1439 – 62.3%
�- S.O.S. Ron Thornburgh � � � – 871 – 37.7%


J.R. for Kansas, Inc.
P.O. Box 1776
Topeka, KS 66601-1776

Topeka: 785-783-0530
Wichita: 316-665-4600

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