Bond praises potential Graves challenger

Republican Sen. Kit Bond (Mo.) expressed admiration and approval for Democratic Kansas City Mayor Kay Barnes during a news conference yesterday, even as Barnes is nearing a decision on whether to challenge Bond’s fellow Missouri Republican, Rep. Sam GravesSamuel (Sam) Bruce GravesThe Hill Interview: Missouri Republican has gavel on his radar Trump promises to unveil infrastructure plan after tax reform Trump admin launches program to help veterans become commercial pilots MORE, in 2008.

Barnes, who is leaving office next month after eight years, is getting a hard push by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). National Democrats have not fielded a strong challenge to Graves since he first was elected in 2000 but think Barnes could change that.

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The mayor’s office issued a release on the event, pointing out that Bond “highlighted” Barnes’s “successes” over the last eight years.

“Obviously the mayor and I are of different political parties, but the people of Kansas City expect elected leaders to work together to get things done,” Bond said in the release. “Because of [Barnes’s] commitment and dedication, Kansas City is a better place to live and work.”