POLITICS: The Kansas Kickbacks

He seemed so sincere that in a state poll taken last May, his fellow Kansans rated him the most trustworthy public figure—just ahead of Walter Cronkite.

With that kind of image, Democrat Robert Docking, 48, was elected to an unprecedented four straight terms as Governor in a traditionally Republican state. A shrewd yet kindly-looking man with warm brown eyes, Bob Docking was such a formidable vote getter that for a time he was unable to decide whether to try for a fifth term this fall or run for the Senate against Incumbent Robert Dole, who had the bad luck to...

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