KS Republican stripped of post

National News

July 18, 2018 - 11:00 PM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Senate’s top Republican has stripped a fellow GOP senator of a committee leadership post for publicly expressing support for two Democratic candidates.

Sen. Barbara Bollier of Mission Hills on Wednesday lost her position as vice chairman of the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee after endorsing Democrat Tom Niermann in the 3rd Congressional District race in the Kansas City area. Niermann is one of six Democrats hoping to challenge Republican incumbent Kevin Yoder.

“While we respect differing opinions in our caucus, it is unacceptable to betray members of your own party by publicly endorsing leftist Democrats,” said Susan Wagle, Senate president, R-Wichita. “Sen. Bollier has lost credibility within our caucus, which makes it impossible for her to function in a leadership role.”

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