GREAT BEND, Kan. - At this point in the First District Republican Congressional race, Dr. Jim Barnett looks to be the front runner. And it's mostly because his TV ads are so good.
It's hard to not like a small town physician, raised on a farm, who appears to be interested in listening, not talking. His sign off line "How about you"? is brilliant. The good doctor wants to know what you think.
TV is one thing. But direct mail, personal contacts, and yard signs go a long ways, too. And Tracey Mann of Salina has the best direct mail, and the best-looking yard signs in lots of locations. His yard signs looks similar to the Moran yard signs---same color and font, and both names start with an "M" and end with an "N." Mann? Moran? Pretty similar.