Bollier pledges to take on party leadership – of both sides – in Washington

Bollier pledges to take on party leadership – of both sides – in Washington

Hide caption Sen. Barbara Bollier D-Mission Hills, has said she would be an independent voice if elected to the U.S. Senate [Evert Nelson/The Capital-Journal] In 2018, state Sen. Barbara Bollier had grown tired of infighting within the Republican Party she had called home since the beginning of her political career. Pushed to the side after her decision to reach across the aisle and back her Democrat colleague, Bollier said “it was past time” to reconsider her stance in the party. What happened next is likely familiar to those who have spent any time following Bollier’s U.S. Senate bid: along with two other statehouse colleagues, she switched sides in 2018 to become a Democrat. Now she’s looking to defeat Republican Congressman Roger Marshall to be the first member of her new party to be elected to the U.S. Senate in almost 90 years. Bollier recently sat down with Gannett Kansas as part of its 2020 election podcast and story series to discuss her campaign. Marshall’s campaign didn’t respond to multiple requests to do a podcast of his own. While many are jaded by the notion of electing a moderate, Bollier said that she will be an independent voice in Washington. “I’m a tough woman,” Bollier said. “And if you check my record over the years I’ve voted against party leadership on both sides to do what is right for the people. That’s always how I’ve done things and a lot of people around me get really challenged by that.” Those […]

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