Archive for Thursday, July 29, 2010

Brownback heavily favored in Kansas governor GOP primary

July 29, 2010


— An obscure candidate in the Republican primary for Kansas governor has promised that if elected she would put every piece of legislation that reaches her desk to a biblical test and public poll.

Joan Heffington, a former home builder and retired Boeing purchasing agent, told The Kansas City Star that as governor she would only sign measures the public supports and the Bible authorizes.

The 55-year-old Derby woman is running against U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, the expected GOP nominee, with a campaign that has been marked by a series of outlandish claims. Among them is her latest assertion that voters may not have heard about her campaign because Brownback has bribed the news media to ignore her.

She contends she got into the governor's race to highlight what she contends is a corrupt legal and political system in Kansas and Washington — undeterred by the fact she has never held office nor has the campaign financing of her better known opponent.

Brownback, who plans to leave the U.S. Senate to fulfill a term limits pledge, has said little about his primary opponent and his campaign has instead focused on the likely matchup with Democratic candidate Tom Holland, a state senator from Baldwin City.

He picked as his choice for lieutenant governor state Sen. Jeff Colyer, an Overland Park surgeon.

The two men have been touting what they call a "roadmap for Kansas" that includes an ambitious revision of the state's school finance formula and greater government efficiency.

"All the measurables look good, but you don't know until the election takes place, so we're pushing hard," Brownback said of his campaign.

Heffington has picked as her running mate Mark Holick, a Wichita pastor.

Heffington founded the Association for Honest Attorneys to combat what she claims is corruption in Kansas courts and government. She said she also believes the CIA has conducted chemical and biological experiments on Kansans for decades.

"It's true," she said. "I've been trying to get attention for this for I don't know how long."

Brownback's campaign declined to respond to her claims.

Also running on the November ballot for governor is Reform Party candidate Ken Cannon and Libertarian Andrew Gray.


Jake Esau 7 years, 7 months ago

Can we have a non whack-job run for Governor please?

50YearResident 7 years, 7 months ago

I am not voting for Brownback and I am not alone.

somedude20 7 years, 7 months ago

"Men go crazy in congregations but they only get better one by one"- All This Time

drake 7 years, 7 months ago

I am voting for Brownback and I am in the large majority.

lounger 7 years, 7 months ago

biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiig MISTAKE dRAKE....

somedude20 7 years, 7 months ago

what are you a parrot? all you did was repeat what 50year said. great, thanks for the hot tip!!!

BRAAAAAAAAAAK BRAAAAAAAAAAK vote for Brownback vote for Brownback

"But mom, everyone is voting for Brownback." "Son, if everyone jumped off a bridge, would you follow"? "Golly gee mom, I guess I would"

overthemoon 7 years, 7 months ago

Funny thing is, you all are probably all up in arms about losing your 'freedoms'. Want to see what 'freedoms' really disappear under an avowed Christianist? Ok with someone who wants to legislate morality and private behavior per his interpretation of a religious myth? You want lower taxes but are ok with legislation that puts more of you money in the Large Corporations' profit margin with absolutely no recourse on behalf of the consumer? Like someone who has not once listened to constituents who ask that he at least consider several sides to an argument instead of the party line?

penguin 7 years, 7 months ago

How is it possible that Brownback is the less insane person in this primary?

Kansass 7 years, 7 months ago

As much as Brownback scares me this person is even scarier.

50YearResident 7 years, 7 months ago

If she can win the primary then Holland will win in the election and be our next Governor.

overthemoon 7 years, 7 months ago

Wow, this gal make all the insane candidates look positively normal. Can you even imagine someone like this in any office?

smarty_pants 7 years, 7 months ago

Both these nutjobs scare the BeJeezus out of me!

Jimo 7 years, 7 months ago

What's shocking is that this woman is only a little bit more of a nut than Brownback.!

bd 7 years, 7 months ago

Wake up libs! Brownback will win and there is nothing you can do about it!

Tea anyone??

lounger 7 years, 7 months ago


esj2003 7 years, 7 months ago

You're right. Too much of our electorate is undereducated for Brownback to lose.

63BC 7 years, 7 months ago

Brownback is a KU Law grad.

His running mate is Georgetown undergrad, Cambridge [UK] Masters and KU Med.

Embrace facts, let go of hate.

madcow 7 years, 7 months ago

I think you just proved his point by not knowing WTF electorate means.

63BC 7 years, 7 months ago

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50YearResident 7 years, 7 months ago

Jesus, two religious fanantics on one ticket, Lord help us!

BigDog 7 years, 7 months ago

This woman is a dream opponent for anyone running for office .... only thing left for her to talk about is her position of funding for black helicopters and alien life forms.

Her in a televised political debate might make for some interesting television

liar 7 years, 7 months ago

Brownback will bring sanity back to the state and we will all be saved from the sinfulness of socialism and science. Yeah, right! Are there any Republicans that can think outside of borrowed catch phrases and Fox News sound bites. The whole scene reminds me of the sci-fi classic, Invasion of the Body Snatchers for which Wikipedia offers the following." It is sometimes argued to be an indictment of the damage to the human personality caused by reductionist modern ideologies of Right and Left."

monkeyhawk 7 years, 7 months ago

Rumor has it that she is a democrat plant and is really a Huffington instead of a Heffington. At any rate, it is fun to see that the minority radicals of Lawrence will get the gov they deserve.

lounger 7 years, 7 months ago


blindrabbit 7 years, 7 months ago

Wingnut candidates out in force; becoming a Kansas tradition. Ryun, Jenkins, Brownback, Tiahrt and Moran, etc., etc. Hopefully, Kansans will eventually be embarrassed by all this parochialism and return to logical thought. We'll get more mindnumbing recognition soon (this Fall) with the movie release of "What's The Matter With Kansas". This expose' points out that much of what the right-wing voters support really runs counter to their beliefs, values and needs. The RNC and big business has done a real PR job on these folks,

overthemoon 7 years, 7 months ago

That movie came out last year, miss it?

Maddy Griffin 7 years, 7 months ago

For Real! I didn't realize they had made it into a movie. I've read the book a couple of times.

straightforward 7 years, 7 months ago

Yeah, I guess Sebelius really hoodwinked the right-wing nut jobs those two terms she got elected to, and I would hardly call Moran a wingnut. He's relatively moderate on social issues and Tiahrt keeps complaining that he voted against tax cuts (blasphemy in the republican party). The truth is he did vote against tax cuts because they didn't include spending cuts. Guess Moran's a wingnut budget-balancer. Jenkins is also socially moderate and you selectively left out Pat Roberts. I'll admit there have been a few nuts like Kline and probably Tiahrt, but the majority of republicans in the state are very mainstream. I wouldn't doubt you find yourself to the left of them but they are not the wingnuts?

I look forward to seeing this "What's the Matter with Kansas" film. I had not heard they were making a movie. I read the book several years ago (not sure if the film is supposed to correlate with the book). It was an interesting read and several legitimate points were made but something tells me this won't exactly be a "fair and balanced" film.

Randall Barnes 7 years, 7 months ago

please people wake up and never ever vote for anyone just because he or she is a republican od democrat vote for the person not their affiliation.

Bill Lee 7 years, 7 months ago

The people who voted for Brownback when he ran for his senate seat will elect him governor, and life will go on. By the time most people are old enough to vote, they can't be swayed by facts or logic. More people seem to change churches than change their politial views.

Olympics 7 years, 7 months ago

I'm really looking forward to 19th Century Science standards.

Brownback = Another crazy C-Street house hypocrite.

BigDog 7 years, 7 months ago

Gosh and I thought all of the intelligence was in Johnson County, afterall it seems to be where all the major business and population growth is..... that's right in theory all of the genius' in this state are centered in Lawrence

Richard Heckler 7 years, 7 months ago

This is a good example of Brownback thinking you know the man who dislikes big government but loves those big government paychecks and tax dollar supported medical insurance that none of the rest of us deserve.

Meanwhile what does Brownback bring back to Kansas?

He brings what Repubs do with a remarkable degree of consistency such as wreck the economy,initiate huge movements of shipping jobs abroad aka the Reagan-Bush Global Economy and try to wreck social security and medicare.

Is there a definite pattern? Absolutely!

The "tea parties" aka republicans are part of the wreckanomics program funded by the Koch Brothers... well known oil billionaires. These thinkers back a tax payers bill of rights which is another scheme to wreck state governments.

BorderRuffian 7 years, 7 months ago

"a corrupt legal and political system in Kansas and Washington"

Say it ain't so...........

tomatogrower 7 years, 7 months ago

Oh course he will win the primary. The woman running against him doesn't make it a secret that she wants a theocracy. She wants all laws to be guided by the bible, in other words Christian sharia law. Of course, I think Brownback wants the same thing, he is just too much of a politician to stress this in his speeches.

monkeyspunk 7 years, 7 months ago

Which is worse? A right wing nut job that says what they will do, or one that hides his true intentions till after the election?

She may be crazy, but at least she is upfront about her crazy. More than you can say for Brownback.

50YearResident 7 years, 7 months ago

Don't forget Brownback shirked his duties for 18 months while running for president and never bothered to vote on anything. Is that the kind of person we want for Governor? He is likely to shirk the Governor's duties while running for President in the next election. He is using Kansas for a stepping stone to higher things and $$$$$ donations to do it. He has become a rich man from politics.

kernal 7 years, 7 months ago

Googled just her name and the search gave me "joan hessington crazy". LOL.

kernal 7 years, 7 months ago

Okay, read a couple of her interviews. Wingnut is an understatement!

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