March 4, 2006
Doll Partakes In Washington Days
John Doll does not expect the race ahead of him to be easy. In fact, many have told him that he has an extremely hard row to hoe. Doll does not see his bid for the United States Congress representative for the 1st district as an individual feat, but instead
as a task for all Kansans to help him accomplish. This was the message that Doll sent to those at the Washington Days Democratic Conference held this past weekend in Topeka.
"People come up to me all the time and comment on how hard this race will be for me," said Doll. "And if I have to do it by myself, then yes it will be. But I am not doing this alone. This is not my race, this is our race. There is strength in unity and we
have to join together to make this happen. Help me pull this cart."
Washington Days took place March 3 and 4 at the Ramada Inn. Friday was highlighted with a keynote speech from Illinois Senator Barack Obama. Saturday's agenda was filled with caucus meetings of special interest groups. It was during these caucuses that Doll attempted to garner support for his cause and let his platforms be known.
"People often tell me that what I am trying to do is impossible," said Doll during one of the special interest caucuses. "I have a poster back at home that has Mohammad Ali standing over Sonny Liston and it says Impossible is nothing.' No one believed
that Ali stood a chance of beating Liston. That poster serves as my motto for this campaign. Impossible is nothing."
At each caucus Doll was given the opportunity to introduce himself and give a basic overview of his campaign. Some caucuses allowed for a question-and-answer session regarding issues specifically affecting that special interest group. While visiting the Labor caucus meeting, Doll commented on the outsourcing of U.S. businesses.
"It is ridiculous," said Doll. "Just recently plants have closed in Hutchinson and Emporia. Kansans deserve decent work and decent pay."
Doll also used this time to comment on the voting record of incumbent Jerry Moran.
"I waited for a long time for someone to stand up to the conservative voting record of Moran. I got tired of waiting," said Doll. "His voting record is strictly party line and he is not concerned about what is good for the people here in Kansas."
While at Washington Days, Doll was surrounded by several well-known Democrats including Governor Kathleen Sebelius. Also present was Johnson County District Attorney Paul Morrison, who is running for Kansas Attorney General against incumbent Phil Kline.