Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPompeo: US response to Floyd protests a ‘stark contrast’ to authoritarian regimes Trump administration accuses international court of corruption at ‘highest levels,’ authorizes sanctions A crisis on the Korean peninsula reinforces the need for allies MORE will speak at a breakfast for the Missouri-Kansas (MOKAN) Forum amid rumors that he plans to run for the Kansas Senate seat that Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsTrump tweets spark fresh headache for Republicans Trump’s tweet on protester sparks GOP backlash GOP lawmakers stick to Trump amid new criticism MORE (R) will vacate, according to Politico.
The breakfast will be held at at Charlie Palmer in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 5, which is also the day of the State of the Union address, Politico reported. Pompeo will be joined by aide Toni Porter.
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Pompeo reportedly met with Republican strategist Ward Baker about a potential Senate bid earlier this month. Meanwhile, The Washington Post reported that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote GOP senator to try to reverse requirement that Pentagon remove Confederate names from bases No, ‘blue states’ do not bail out ‘red states’ MORE (R-Ky.) had encouraged Pompeo to run in Kansas.
Pompeo told Fox News last week that he was approached by “lots of folks” who want him to run for Senate, but that he has “a very full plate” in his current position.
Pat Roberts said earlier this month he won’t seek a fifth term in 2020, marking the end of a decades-long career in Congress and setting up a likely crowded open-seat race.
Kansas Republicans fear that Roberts’ vacancy could allow Democrats to flip the seat.
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