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December 30, 2008

Sebelius staying in Kansas?

Earlier this month, I wrote about the prospect that Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D) would be leaving the statehouse to run for the Senate in 2010.   Democrats believe they would have a chance at winning a Senate seat in Kansas for the first time in over 75 years if she jumped in the race.

But now rumors are flying that she may leave the governorship early – to become chancellor of her alma mater, the University of Kansas. That certainly would preclude her from running for the Senate (and likely any other higher political office in the future), but is probably more in line with her interests.

From the Topeka Capital-Journal’s Ric Anderson:

The Obama veepstakes are a distant memory and the Cabinet rumors have been put to rest, but speculation about Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is as hot as ever.

The talk is about Sebelius becoming the chancellor at The University of Kansas, and it gets the pot bubbling on a lot of levels.

The governor raises money like Willie Nelson scores funny cigarettes, and she has political lines not only to the Statehouse but — for the next four years, anyway — the White House.

She's a KU grad who frequently is seen with Chancellor Robert Hemenway, who is stepping down at the end of June.

So will Sebelius make the 20-mile move from Cedar Crest?