Republican National Committeeman Mike Pompeo has jumped into the race to replace Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R), who is relinquishing his House seat to run for Senate in 2010.
“Like other Kansans, I believe our federal government has lost its way,— Pompeo said in a statement. “And, as a pro-life Republican, I will fight to ensure that none of the three branches of government infringe on our Constitutional rights.—
Pompeo, a businessman and former Army official, joins state Sen. Dick Kelsey (R) in the race; however, several other candidates are considering a bid. Former White House political aide Matt Schlapp (R), as well as his mother, Wichita City Councilwoman Sue Schlapp, have been mentioned as possible candidates, along with state Sen. Susan Wagle and state Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt.
Tiahrt’s district has overwhelmingly voted for Republican candidates, often re-electing the Congressman with more than 61 percent of the vote in recent cycles. The winner of GOP primary in August 2010 will be the odds-on favorite to win the general election.