Brownback continues his close ties to — no, promotion of — provably corrupt Kansas City banker. Campaign won’t comment.
This past Saturday in Overland Park, the Kansas Republican Party held its bi-annual meeting with committee members. I am one of about 150 state delegates. We approved what long-time conservative mover Tim Golba called the best state party platform he’d ever seen, and I’m very pleased with this development.
At the meeting, I distributed the attached document to my fellow committee members, highlighting the point that Kansas’ soon-to-be Governor Sam Brownback’s campaign strategy oddly includes the toleration and promotion of corruption.
The text of the letter follows after the fold:
An update to Kansas Republican Party committee members
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Dear state committee member,
I formed the Kansans for Government Reform PAC in order to advance a “good-government” agenda, and to focus on issues like tax reform, spending reform, property rights, transparency in spending, and a no-nonsense approach to corruption. These are issues that are largely non-controversial among the general population, in particular among Republican voters; yet, these issues are not taken seriously by so many members of local government, by the US Congress, or even, at times, by the Republican Party.
Indeed, in Kansas, the Brownback for Governor campaign has placed on its Johnson County steering committee a provably-corrupt ex-banker named Lynn Mitchelson, whose actions as an elected trustee at Johnson County Community College led to a climate of sexual harassment, open government legal violations, attempted cover-ups, and an unethical, ongoing no-bid legal contract to the law firm of Larry Gates, the Kansas Democratic Party Chairman.
In a few weeks, we’ll have a Web site up at www.KansasReform.com. I invite you to visit the Web site, join our Email list, and you may contact me privately at any time. Here are a couple of news updates:
1. Tim Huelskamp endorsement in Kansas’ First District
In order for candidates or policy positions to receive the endorsement of the Kansans for Government Reform PAC, it requires the 80% approval of the advisory board: Sen. Kay O’Connor, Wayne Flaherty, Rep. Judy Morrison, Steve Weatherford, and Joel Yourdon. On March 31, we endorsed Tim Huelskamp in the Republican Primary for US Congress, in Kansas’ First Congressional District. I’ll note that Brownback’s campaign manager has provided a maximum contribution to Huelskamp’s opponent Rob Wasinger.
Senate leader John Vratil needs to recuse himself from the entire budgeting process
Johnson County Senator John Vratil is a constant opponent of cutting waste in government education, and he is today an influential, leading proponent of tax increases. Yet he is the primary lawyer for three K-12 schools; one of these schools (Gardner-Edgerton) is participating in the current unconstitutional, taxpayer-funded lawsuit against Kansas taxpayers.
Benjamin B. Hodge
Paid for by Kansans for Reform of State
and Local Government PAC
Benjamin Hodge, treasurer
Connect with Benjamin Hodge at Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, The Kansas Progress, and LibertyLinked. Hodge is President of the State and Local Reform Group of Kansas. He served as one of seven at-large trustees at Johnson County Community College from 2005-’09, a member of the Kansas House from 2007-’08, a delegate to the Kansas Republican Party from 2009-’10, and was founder of the Overland Park Republican Party in 2011. His public policy record is recognized by Americans for Prosperity, the Kansas Association of Broadcasters, the Kansas Press Association, the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government, the NRA, Kansans for Life, and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).