If Jay Sidie carefully reads today’s Kansas City Star article on the announcement of Andrea Ramsey to challenge Kevin Yoder in Kansas’s Third Congressional District, he won’t be happy. Ramsey is the Star’s dream candidate. Attractive, married to a retired colonel, composed, she is everything that, say, Nancy Pelosi, let alone Kathy Griffin, is not. Better still, Ramsey believes in everything the Star editorializes about–no guns in hospitals, no trickle down Kansas economics, and the wonders of Obamacare.
As to Sidie, the Star writes, “Jay Sidie, the party’s 2016 nominee, still plans to seek the Democratic nomination.” Still? The Star reminds the reader not just once but twice that Sidie lost the election to Yoder in 2016 by “double digits” despite the fact that Hillary Clinton carried the district over Donald Trump.
“I was willing to step up and fight the battle when nobody else would,” says Sidie. “Now, that I’ve moved the ball down the field and we’ve got the party re-energized, people want to jump on the bandwagon.” Others who have jumped on that bandwagon include Reggie Marselus and Chris Haulmark.
Haulmark, who is deaf, told the Star, “I announced my candidacy to my cultural community — the Deaf community because I am Deaf and I am running for the U.S Representative seat as an American and Kansan.”
As to Jay Sidie, whether he knows it or not, he is toast. The Star “hearts” Andrea Ramsey. Ramsey told the Star about the “pivotal moment” that inspired her to run. It came during a protest outside Kevin Yoder’s office in regards to his vote to repeal Obamacare.
“I held up a sign that said, ‘Stand up! Resist!’ And people from the community came and talked to me … and they told me the most personal things,” said Ramsey. “It was actually that day when people told me their stories, literally cried on my shoulder and gave me hugs, it was that day I decided I had to step up. I had to enter this fight.”
The Star quickly adds in this news article, “Congressional Budget Office estimates that the Republican bill will lead to 23 million fewer people with health coverage by 2026. Yoder was one of the key votes in helping the bill pass.”
Ramsey is apparently a big fan of Obamacare. Bill Clinton summed up its charms on the 2016 campaign trail: “So you’ve got this crazy system where all of a sudden 25 million more people have health care and then the people who are out there busting it, sometimes 60 hours a week, wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half. It’s the craziest thing in the world.” He got everything right except the number of the newly insured.