By Aaron Blake - 04/23/07 09:00 PM EDT
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.
“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.”