Christie Pops Back In For Brownback
October 13, 2014

(AP) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has made another trip to Kansas to campaign for Republican Gov. Sam Brownback re-election bid.

Christie is chairman of the Republican Governors Association. He joined Brownback on Monday at Freddy’s Frozen Custard in Wichita where he visited with restaurant patrons.

A private fundraising event was scheduled later Monday.

Brownback is locked in a tough race with Democratic challenger Paul Davis amid voters’ concerns about massive tax cuts that have created budget shortfalls.

But Christie said indications from several polls show Kansas voters are swinging toward Brownback as they consider what he called the positive record of Brownback’s first term in office.

Christie also made a campaign stop Monday in Minnesota, with others planned Tuesday in in Maine and Connecticut.

Davis’ Campaign Says Brownback Running. “Smear” Campaign, Cites Unhappy Brownback Voter E-mail
October 10, 2014

Kansas Democratic Governor Paul Davis is pointing to an e-mail written by a Sam Brownback supporter as proof that the Governor’s campaign is going too far.
“This is character assassination, which is not a Kansas value,” said Davis’ running mate Jill Docking.
The Davis campaign is upset with another political commercial dealing with Davis’ presence in 1998 at drug raid in a southwest Kansas strip club.
Davis was not charged and the raid was not directed at him. The owner of the club, however, did face drug charges.
At one point the commercial said Davis worked for the suspected drug dealer. Davis worked for the law firm that represented the club owner prior to the raid. He said his boss at the law firm brought him to the club.
Davis was 26, and single at the time. When the story broke, however, he conceded he was ‘in the wrong place at the wrong time”.
The commercial is from The Republican Governor’s Association (RGA).
Davis’ campaign also released an e-mail sent to Governor Sam Brownback’s official office.
The e-mail is signed from “David______(last name blacked out), Johnson County Kansas Republican”
“I plan to vote for Sam November,” it reads, “but the TV ad that I just saw infuriates me” he wrote.
He was referring to the second RGA commercial on the Davis strip club episode.
Governor Brownback press office confirms the e-mail arrived about 6:44 pm Thursday night
The write says as he was preparing dinner, his family saw the commercial on TV and his son asked him, “dad, what’s a strip club?”.
The writer blamed Brownback’s campaign for the commercial.
During a conference call with reporters, Davis supporters acknowledged the commercial was produced and paid for by a third party.
Political veteran Johnson County, former state senator dick bond called that separation between the RGA and the Brownback campaign, “a sham”.
“Because those ads are not run unless the candidate and the candidate’s staff gives their approval,” Bond said.
Jon Thompson of the RGA said his group have produced five campaign commercials to support Brownback’s reelection campaign. Polls show the Republican Governor in a tight race in a traditionally republican state.

Brownback Takes. A couple of Questions on Same Sex Marriage at Olathe Campaign Stop
October 7, 2014

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback says he continues to support the state’s state constitutional ban against same sex marriage. But the incumbent Governor dodged a few more questions about the same sex marriage issue at a campaign stop in Olathe.
After answering three questions, his Communications Director, John Milburn, escorted the Governor off, saying there was another appointment.
Monday, the US Supreme Court refused to take two cases defending a ban on same sex marriages. Kansas is involved because the cases came Oklahoma and Utah, two states that are also in the 10th judicial Circuit, along with Kansas. Lower federal courts in the 10th judicial Circuit have ruled similar same sex bans unconstitutional.
Kansas attorney general Derek Schmidt admits the Supreme Court’s announcement puts Kansas in ”a difficult positon”. He says he’ll defend the state’s ban when it is challenged in court.
Brownback followed Schmidt to the microphone. He noted the state’s 2005 election added the same sex ban to the state constitution. It collected 70% of the vote.
“That’s as strong a vote that what can take place,” said the Governor. He also added he expects the matter is now headed to court.
After two more questions, Brownback walked away from the speaker’s stand and the microphones. He briefly repeated his answer about the strength of the 70% vote and then his campaign aide escorted him from the area where reporters were gathered.
Brownback was in Olathe to receive the endorsement of Johnson County Sheriff Frank Denning and Johnson County district attorney Steve Howe.
The Governor also toured the Johnson County criminal laboratory facilities

Critics Turn Up Hear on Former Brownback Aide
October 3, 2014

(AP) – A former Kansas legislator says he was interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation earlier this year about state government under Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.

Ex-Republican state Sen. Dick Kelsey confirmed Thursday that he had multiple conversations with the FBI, ending in July. During a news conference, he and Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley called on Brownback to cut any ties with former chief of staff David Kensinger.

Brownback’s campaign called their comments “false smears.”

Kensinger left as Brownback’s chief of staff in April 2012 to form a lobbying firm. He remains an unpaid adviser to Brownback’s re-election campaign.

Kelsey said the FBI identified Kensinger as a subject of its inquiry. Kensinger did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.

Federal authorities would not confirm or deny an investigation.

Orman & Davis Lead in USA Today/ Suffolk U. Poll
October 1, 2014

Ks. Senate:
Orman 46%
Roberts 41%
Undecided 11%

Ks. Governor
Davis 46%
Brownback 42%
Undecided 6%