Archive for Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Statehouse Live: Brownback duels minor party candidates in last gubernatorial debate

Reform, Libertarian candidates deliver criticism while Holland skips debate

October 13, 2010, 2:36 p.m. Updated October 13, 2010, 4:32 p.m.


— The absence of Democrat Tom Holland from a gubernatorial debate Wednesday didn’t mean frontrunner Republican Sam Brownback got to coast.

Reform Party candidate Ken Cannon and Libertarian Andrew Gray blasted Brownback over several of his major proposals, and Cannon warned voters against supporting Brownback because he associates with someone “who hates others.”

Cannon was referring to Brownback's ties to anti-homosexual evangelist Lou Engle.

After the debate, Brownback, a U.S. senator who had shared a condominium in Washington D.C. with Engle, said he disagreed with some of the things that Engle has said and hasn't spoken to him in months.

Engle, who is founder and president of The Call to Conscience, has discussed a possible national civil war to end abortion and praises politicians who denounce homosexuals.

Brownback has participated in religious rallies hosted by Engle. In December, Brownback spoke during a live video "PrayerCast" to oppose health care reform. Engle was also one of the speakers.

Engle traveled to Uganda earlier this year and prayed for the nation as its leaders considered anti-gay legislation that included the death penalty. Brownback said he disagreed with Engle's work in Uganda.

Brownback said he worked with Engle in forming national apologies to Native Americans and African-Americans. "He's big on reconciliation," Brownback said of Engle.

Brownback, who is anti-abortion, opposes gay marriage, and supports “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” declined to say whether he would continue an executive order put in place by former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius in 2007 that prohibits discrimination in executive state agencies based on sexual orientation and gender identity. He said he would review all current executive orders.

Holland was invited to the hour-long debate broadcast on WIBW radio and TV, but he declined because he said WIBW had already sponsored an earlier gubernatorial debate at the Kansas State Fair, and because the debate moderators were conservative radio talk show hosts Raubin Pierce and Megan Mosack. During debate, the two hosts repeated 12 times that Holland declined to appear.

Without Holland there, Cannon said the race came down to himself and Brownback, and he criticized Brownback on illegal immigration and school funding.

Cannon said that Brownback supported amnesty for illegal immigrants, a charge that Brownback denied, which prompted Cannon to call him a a flip-flopper.

Brownback has been a supporter of a proposal called the Dream Act, which would have allowed in-state tuition for the children of some undocumented immigrants, and provided a way toward permanent residency.

All three candidates at the debate said they supported requiring photo identification to vote.

Brownback stuck to his campaign themes of trying to improve the Kansas economy, emphasizing a proposal to use tax breaks to get people and companies to move to rural areas of the state.

But both Gray and Cannon criticized Brownback's proposal to establish an office of repealer that Brownback said would help businesses by getting rid of outdated regulations. Gray said creating the office would just add to state bureaucracy.

Earlier in the day, Holland was a guest on a radio show on KCUR where he also criticized Brownback's repealer office proposal, calling it a "shadowy government."

Holland called on Brownback to participate in more debates, saying the Republican was treating the campaign like a "coronation."

Brownback and Holland have only faced off in two debates -- the State Fair and one last week in Wichita, a 30-minute forum that featured all four candidates.

During the WIBW debate, Cannon also criticized Brownback’s proposal to freeze state spending, saying that would hurt public schools. Cannon said if elected, he would try to find a job for Brownback “but not in education.” Brownback responded that he wouldn’t want to work for Cannon, adding, “I’m not sure I would have a job for you.”


Cait McKnelly 7 years, 2 months ago

It's "duals" not "duels". Unless he's doing them two at a time.

Cait McKnelly 7 years, 2 months ago

Yes. I realized what I had done as soon as I hit the enter button. Unfortunately we aren't allowed to delete our own posts. I requested that my post be removed but apparently they want me to squirm in all of my embarrassed glory.

yourworstnightmare 7 years, 2 months ago

Brownback's links to Engle are troubling, as Engle is very extreme. His activities in Uganda, supporting a law that would make homosexuality illegal, with some "offenses" punishable by death, are shameful and very dangerous.

Brownback should explain thoroughly his his to Engle and to the Ugandan movement to target homosexuals.

vermont 7 years, 2 months ago

Great Kraske interview on KCUR with Tom Holland during the debate. A much better candidate than a shady Sam Brownback. Go Tom Holland!

overthemoon 7 years, 2 months ago

rise up Kansas!! Prove to the nation that 'we're not what you've heard'....we know a skunk when we see one and Holland is one of us, not an over religious Washington opportunist.

wastewatcher 7 years, 2 months ago

Why doesn't the LJWORLD just come clean and admit it doesn't Brownback? The headline for this story should be that LIBERAL TOM HOLLAND skipped the debate and was afraid to show up You cannot be elected if you are afraid to compete and tell your story..

grichard3 7 years, 2 months ago

A vote for Brownback is a wasted vote. His agenda is not to be a great governor but rather only to use Kansas as a stepping stone to be nominated for president for the republician party. Drive to the nearest land fill and observe what is there. Nothing, but trash. That is the kind of Kansas Brownback has in store for us.

Rich Lorenzo 7 years, 2 months ago

No wonder the Journal World continues to lose readership. This article and the writer are just not balanced. You can smell the writer's bias all over this article.

dizzy_from_your_spin 7 years, 2 months ago

Funny how Brownbacks relationship with Engle is so troubling when Obamas ties to Reverend Wright was such a non-issue.

What's that stink? Bias? Hypocrisy?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 2 months ago

"Obamas ties to Reverend Wright was such a non-issue."

Actually, it was a huge issue. Clearly what you mean is that Brownback should be held to a different (lower) standard.

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