A GOP leader leaves the party — or vice versa

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September 4, 2012 - 12:00 AM

State Sen. Jean Schodorf, a moderate Republican who chairs the Senate Education Committee and has held her office since 2001, has announced that she is leaving the Republican Party. She hasn’t made up her mind whether to become a Democrat or an independent, she told the Wichita Eagle.

Sen. Schodorf was one of the victims of Gov. Sam Brownback’s war on moderate Republicans in the Legislature. She was defeated in the August primary by Michael O’Donnell, a Wichita City Council member who was backed by the anti-tax, anti-government Americans for Prosperity (read David and Charles Koch), the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, which is also heavily supported by the Koch brothers, and Brownback.

In her statement, Sen. Schodorf said:

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