An investigative report by the Topeka Capital-Journal on Jim Brownback, the governor’s younger brother, has created a stir. Neighbors say that Jim Brownback, who farms near Parker in eastern Kansas, has terrorized them for years, including with death threats, drive-by gunfire, a hit-and-run, trespassing and dumping a dead deer in their driveway. One neighbor who received a protection-from-stalking order said she was afraid that Jim Brownback or his kids “will kill me, my children or my animals.” The neighbors also say that Jim Brownback brags that he is untouchable because of his brother. Linn County law enforcement, which lost the ballistic evidence for one of the shootings, seems at a loss about what to do. The Kansas Republican Party accused the Capital-Journal of trying to smear the governor with guilt by association. The Governor’s Office issued a statement Monday saying that “the governor has never interceded on behalf of any family member on any law enforcement matter, nor has he been asked to do so by any member of his family.” – Phillip Brownlee
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