Former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has been running for office every two or four years since 1986, so the Secretary of Health and Human Services is having some "withdrawal" this year, with so much on the line in the midterm elections. So she offered her campaign experience up to help out Democratic candidates.
"It's not in our job descriptions," Sebelius said of her fellow cabinet members in a phone interview a few minutes ago. "But I think some of us who have been elected officials in the past and have worked a lot on campaigns have been involved. I was eager to participate in helping folks who actually help me do my job, who not only were supportive of various issues and legislation but want to make sure that as we implement this [health care] bill there’s a success."
Sebelius is in Philadelphia today meeting with folks and surveying the Democratic get-out-the-vote operation, one of the slew of out-of-state surrogates (list too long to recount here) on both sides targeting Pennsylvania's races.
She credited Organizing for America with helping get the health care bill through by motivating people to call their elected officials in support of the bill, and said their organizing work will be critical to the Democrats' chances a week from today.
And as a Democrat who had a successful political career in Kansas, she can lend a little advice on countering a GOP wave.
"I've run in a very red state eight times," she said. "I know tough elections and I know that effort to target your votes, to turn them out, to keep people enthusiastic and working hard."