Politics

Democrat in Race for Pompeo’s Seat Beefing With Party

Campaign manager slams party for not doing more despite big deficit in poll

The campaign manager for Democrat James Thompson said the state party should be doing more to help their candidate. (James Thompson for Kansas Facebook)

The special election for Kansas’ 4th Congressional District has caused an open feud between the Democratic candidate and his state party.

James Thompson has a beef with the state party after it refused to give his campaign $20,000, the Wichita Eagle reported. Thompson’s campaign said it wanted to use the money for mailers, but the party’s executive committee voted against the request, saying it didn’t have the money.

“I’m not sure the Thompson campaign has taken into account the lack of resources going into this new year,” said Tom Witt, chairman of the party’s progressive caucus and a member of the party’s executive committee.

Thompson campaign manager Colin Curtis said the party is missing a chance to make the race competitive.

“Kansas Democrats have an opportunity here to win for the first time in 23 years now and it feels like from the campaign’s perspective that a lot of the current establishment of the [Kansas Democratic Party] is sitting on the sidelines,” Curtis said in an interview with the newspaper.

He was a little more blunt, blasting on Twitter that if the executive board spent half the time organizing and raising money “than they do arguing on Facebook, they might have a statewide office.”

Thompson is facing Republican State Treasurer Ron Estes and Libertarian Chris Rockhold to replace Mike Pompeo, who is now President Donald Trump’s CIA director. The election is April 11.

A poll from Washington-based Lincoln Park Strategies done for Thompson showed he trailed Estes, 56 percent to 32 percent. Rockhold got only 4 percent.

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