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September 4, 2014

Davis should have known to vet ad’s actors

The Kansas Republican Party’s gotcha about the troubling past of an actor in a Paul Davis campaign ad demonstrated the Kansas House minority leader’s lack of experience as a statewide candidate.

The Kansas Republican Party’s gotcha about the troubling past of an actor in a Paul Davis campaign ad demonstrated the Kansas House minority leader’s lack of experience as a statewide candidate. The embarrassing flap over the ad, which was pulled after a few hours Wednesday, schooled Davis in what can happen when a politician doesn’t vet the company he keeps, especially when he is targeting an incumbent governor who has spent two decades in hardball politics. It probably was a taste of the nasty things to come in this high-stakes race. But it’s too bad the state GOP wasn’t as aggressive in helping Gov. Sam Brownback avoid some of the hiring gaffes of his administration, such as an IT chief with a fishy degree, a train wreck of a Kansas securities commissioner and an unqualified KanCare inspector general. – Rhonda Holman

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