WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – Democratic candidate James Thompson says the special election to fill the congressional seat left vacant by CIA Director Mike Pompeo in Kansas will be a referendum on the policies of the state’s Republican governor and those of President Donald Trump.
His comments came Monday during his first news conference in a race that is playing out amid a backlash in Kansas against the ultra-conservative agenda championed by Gov. Sam Brownback.
Thompson portrayed his Republican opponent, State Treasurer Ron Estes, as a “Brownback clone” who wants to take those failed economic policies and nationalize them.
Estes did not immediately respond to requests seeking comment.
Thompson called the news conference to urge a crackdown on human trafficking – an issue he says is consistent with his campaign of fighting for families.