KC Mayor Kay Barnes spurned congressional Democrats last year when they tried to persuade her to run against Republican U. S. Rep. Sam Graves. But they've started their courtship all over again.
Barnes, in Washington for a U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting, met today with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and others in all likelihood to talk about the race.
All the mayor would say was, "I've been involved in some general discussions, but I don't have any comment beyond that. I met with some of them, yeah."
Barnes didn't run last year because she wanted to complete her second term in City Hall without distractions. But she's popular and her Northland ties are strong. Will she go this time?
"I certainly told her I thought she would be a great candidate," said Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, who also met with the mayor today. "She has not made up her mind to do this. I think she's certainly being encouraged by a lot of people."
Posted by David Goldstein