Kansas GOP Insider (wannabe): Montgomery replacement convention scheduled

Monday, December 30, 2013

Montgomery replacement convention scheduled

Time is running out on Bob Montgomery's legislative career -- or at least this portion of it.

Rep. Montgomery sent a letter of resignation to Secretary of State Kris Kobach on Dec. 17. Committee precinct committee men and women of the 15th District, which includes west Olathe, will elect Montgomery's replacement at 7 p.m. on Jan. 2 at Christ Community Evangelical Free Church in Olathe.

I suspect Montgomery's resignation and timing came as a complete surprise to others. Mere days before he sent his resignation letter, he hosted a fundraiser for his campaign.

Rep. Bob Montgomery (left), Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Rep. Mike Kiegerl at a fundraiser for Kiegerl and Montgomery in Olathe on Dec. 11.

Last year at this time, Montgomery's resignation was but a rumor. (Well, kind of. Montgomery announced his intentions during a speech in which he nominated Arlen Siegfried for House Speaker. However, he never followed through.) Two candidates were actively engaging precinct committee members at the time -- Erin Davis and Mike Kiegerl. Kiegerl replaced Siegfried shortly after the end of last session, so it appears the path is clear for Davis.

We'll know for certain before 2014 is out of diapers.

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