Looks like Kansas Republicans will have to find another candidate for the open US Senate seat … maybe. Once again, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has told colleagues and now Mitch McConnell that he has no interest in running for the seat, which might give Democrats an opening for a takeaway in November.
And once again, Pompeo was just a little short of unequivocal on the choice:
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday told Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, that he does not plan to run for Senate in 2020, most likely ending Republicans’ hopes of securing a potentially dominant candidate for the open seat in his home state of Kansas, according to four people briefed on the meeting.
Mr. Pompeo, a former congressman from the Wichita area, has quietly explored a campaign for months. But in the aftermath of the military operation last week that killed Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani of Iran, Mr. Pompeo has told senior party officials that he is ruling out becoming a candidate, according to several people who have spoken with him directly.
His conversation with the majority leader, which took place in Mr. McConnell’s Capitol office, touched on the events of the last few days in the Middle East, according to an aide to the senator.