Schumer, author discussed possible Kansas Senate run: report

Schumer, author discussed possible Kansas Senate run: report
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerGetting serious about infrastructure Schumer calls on McConnell to hold vote on Equality Act 'SleepyCreepy Joe' and 'Crazy Bernie': Trump seeks to define 2020 Dems with insults MORE (D-N.Y.) and author Sarah Smarsh discussed a potential bid to represent Kansas in the U.S. Senate in 2020, The Kansas City Star reported Tuesday.

“Conversations have made it clear that, as a proud product of rural America, a longtime chronicler of Kansas for a national audience, and a progressive woman who was raised in a moderately conservative environment, I am a cultural bridge person who would offer voters a unique option in the race,” Smarsh told the newspaper.

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The author, a 2018 National Book Award finalist for “Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth,” added that she had met with Sen. Catherine Cortez MastoCatherine Marie Cortez MastoThis week: Barr back in hot seat over Mueller report Schumer, author discussed possible Kansas Senate run: report Life in the minority at the FCC MORE (D-Nev.), head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and spoken with some presidential candidates.

Although Kansas has not had a Democratic senator since 1932, the party is reportedly hopeful that it can follow up on the success of electing Gov. Laura Kelly (D) and fill the seat of Sen. Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Tough questions await Trump immigration plan Pat Robertson: Alabama 'has gone too far' with 'extreme' abortion law Pat Robertson on if Equality Act passes: The land will 'vomit you out' MORE (R-Kan.), who is retiring at the end of his term. 

Smarsh, who spoke at Kelly's inauguration in January, told the Star she has received significant encouragement from party leaders and will continue to “slowly weigh” a bid.

“I became a writer, in part, to hold government accountable and call out cultural attitudes and policies that harm disadvantaged groups — including the working-poor Kansas farming community I grew up in,” she said.

Several other Democrats, including former U.S. Attorney for Kansas Barry Grissom and former Rep. Nancy Boyda (D-Kan.), are reportedly taking steps toward 2020 Senate campaigns.

On the Republican side, the field seems to be wide open after Secretary State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoUS warns airlines about flying over Persian Gulf amid Iran tensions Trump: Anonymous news sources are 'bulls---' Iranian official: Trump 'holding a gun' while pursuing talks MORE "ruled out" running for Roberts's seat.