Davis, Kansas House minority leader and the Democratic candidate challenging Republican Sam Brownback for the governor’s office, announced this week he had received the endorsement of 104 Kansas Republicans who hold or have held public office. Former Congresswoman Jan Meyers was on the list — but apparently had not agreed to endorse the Democrat’s campaign.
The Kansas GOP called on Davis Friday to apologize to all Kansans for his “misleading” announcement about Meyers.
“The Paul Davis campaign’s dishonesty hit a new low this week and Kansans deserve an apology,” Clay Barker, Kansas Republican Party executive director, said.
Meyers, whose name was listed alongside such well-known Kansas political figures as Sandy Praeger, Kansas insurance commissioner, and Wint Winter, former Ottawan and former Republican state senator, said she did not support Davis.
“I did not endorse him,” Meyers told the Kansas City Star. “I’m trying to stay out of the race. ... If I endorsed anyone, it would be Sam Brownback because he’s our Republican candidate.”
The issue apparently became confused when Meyers joined the “Republicans for Kansas Values” — the group that included the more than 100 Republicans endorsing Davis. Meyers told the Star “there must have been some miscommunication.”
Dick Bond, a former Kansas senator who helped organize the group, said he was happy to adjust the list of Davis supporters in light of Meyers’ comments.
The Republican Party later Friday said Davis’ campaign intentionally mislead Kansans with the campaign stunt, pointing the finger squarely at Winter, calling the former Ottawan a key figure in the “Republicans for Sebelius” group when Kathleen Sebelius ran for governor and noting he served as treasurer for Tom Wiggans, who ran as a Democrat in 2008 to unseat U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts.
“This new information rips to shreds any credibility of the Davis campaign,” Barker said. “Yesterday Paul Davis’ campaign refused to comment and referred the press to the Democrat Party operative, Wint Winter. Paul Davis needs to understand that a governor does not get to pass the buck. We call on Paul Davis to take responsibility for this deception and apologize to Kansans immediately.”