Grissom mulls Senate bid

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June 26, 2019 - 10:53 AM

Former U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom speaks Monday to Allen County Democrats. PHOTO COURTESY OF ALLIE UTLEY

A former U.S. Attorney for Kansas is hoping to ride a recent wave of Democratic Party success, should he choose to throw his hat in the ring for a potential U.S. Senate bid.

Barry Grissom, who was appointed to the federal bench by President Barack Obama, attended an Allen County Democratic Party meeting in Humboldt on Monday night to find out how he could best serve residents in southeast Kansas if he were elected to the U.S. Senate.

Grissom has a steep hill to climb. A Democrat has not been nominated to the U.S. Senate in Kansas since 1932. Democrats feel the tides are changing in the state — riding a wave of momentum from victories by Governor Laura Kelly and Congresswoman Sharice Davids last November — with current U.S. Senator Pat Roberts opting not to run for another term.

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