Dole, Eisenhower join Kan. gov.’s re-election team

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Former Sen. Bob Dole and the granddaughter of President Dwight D. Eisenhower have agreed to serve as honorary leaders of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s re-election team for 2014.

The Republican governor announced Tuesday that Dole and Mary Jean Eisenhower will be the national co-chairmen of his campaign.

Kansas Democratic Party spokesman Dakota Loomis said the announcement isn’t surprising, calling it “dog bites man news.”

Dole, who served in the Senate from 1969 until he resigned in 1996 for an unsuccessful run for president, celebrated his 90th birthday on Monday.

Mary Jean Eisenhower is the president of the Board of Directors for the People to People International, a Kansas City, Mo.-based humanitarian organization founded by her grandfather.

Brownback was first elected in 2010, defeating Democratic state Sen. Tom Holland.

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