@stevekraske Kansas state Sen. John Vratil said today he will not seek a fourth term this year.
The Leawood Republican, a leading moderate, has been critical of Gov. Sam Brownback's administration and has worked to stymie Brownback initiatives.
Vratil, 66, said he had lost his fire for the job.
"I just don’t have the same enthusiasm, and it’s become work where it was always something I enjoyed and looked forward to," he said.
He said he was confident he could have won re-election. Vratil called the multi-billion-dollar tax cut that Brownback engineered last session a huge risk for the state.
"I think Governor Brownback sincerely believes that this income tax reduction is gong to create tens of thousands of jobs, and we'll have more revenue than we would have had otherwise," he said. "I don't.
"I don’t believe there’s any credible evidence to support his theory. He’s taken one helluva gamble with the state of Kansas to proceed way he is. I hope he’s right and I’m wrong for the sake of Kansas. I’m fearful that’s not the case.”