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Moore’s campaign releases ad on Yoder’s refusal to take breath test

October 27, 2010, 8:40 p.m. Updated October 27, 2010, 8:55 p.m.

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Democratic congressional candidate Stephene Moore’s campaign on Wednesday released a campaign ad criticizing her opponent Kevin Yoder for his 2009 plea for refusing to take a preliminary breath test in Douglas County.

The ad compares Yoder to celebrities Mel Gibson and Lindsay Lohan, who have had legal troubles with traffic stops.

Yoder pleaded guilty in June 2009 to refusing to take a preliminary breath test and paid $165 in fines and court costs after he was pulled over in February 2009 for speeding on Kansas Highway 10 east of Lawrence.

Yoder’s campaign has said he passed a field sobriety test so he declined to take the preliminary breath test. The campaign also said he was not driving under the influence. As part of the plea deal, the speeding charge was dropped.

Moore and Yoder face each other in the race to represent the state’s 3rd District, which includes eastern Lawrence and Douglas County, plus Johnson and Wyandotte counties.

The ad used a quote from the Douglas County district attorney’s office that called a breath test refusal as obstruction to a DUI investigation, and Moore’s campaign said Yoder had refused to answer questions about it.

Alissa McCurley, a Yoder campaign spokeswoman, said Wednesday evening at a GOP rally at Yoder’s campaign office in Lawrence, 123 Eighth St., the reception had been positive to Yoder on the campaign trail Wednesday.

“Stephene Moore is running a desperate last-minute campaign commercial. It doesn’t mention a single policy position. It's simply character assassination designed to hide her support for the Nancy Pelosi agenda of higher taxes, more spending and bigger government,” McCurley said in a statement Wednesday night.

Before the rally as Yoder walked from a bus with other GOP candidates into his headquarters, a few people who identified themselves as members of Kansas University’s Students Against Drunk Driving chapter shouted questions at Yoder.

In a statement the group had called on Yoder to apologize for the incident.

Yoder left the room after he spoke to GOP supporters at the rally and was not made available to reporters.

When asked whether the traffic case had become a major issue for Yoder on the campaign trail, Amanda Adkins, the state GOP’s chairwoman, said voters seemed to be responding more to what Yoder has said on economic issues.

“I believe that is what folks are paying attention to,” she said. “And it shows in the enthusiasm.

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Hadley_says 3 years, 3 months ago

Better be good booze.

Just saw the story on CNN. $80,000 gets you a room and a table.

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TinkyWinky 3 years, 5 months ago

If Yoder was a Democratic Senator from say Massachusetts it would have been fine and dandy, heck, he could have left an innocent girl to drown and the Dems would've been ok with it. But pass a field sobriety test and exercise your rights and the hypocrites are all over the guy.

Moore is dispicable. A Pathetic loser.

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pace 3 years, 5 months ago

I really think Yoder is a yoyo and his plans are vacant minded and I don't like drinking and driving. I liked many of Moore's issues. I dislike this ad. I won't vote for one or the other. I am sick that so many people accept the tone of today's politics and don't demand more information, If they can't say what they are going to do they do not deserve a vote. I am not saying this is the politicians fault, it is ours. The solution to economic woe and finding routes to keeping kids in school and working families in their homes is for us to take responsibility for the crap.Who lets them pull it, we let them pull it. We act like powerless impotent puppets. We need to clean up politics. We need to find a back bone not yell and blame like 3 year olds. We need to make them work. The partisanship should not be more important than the country. We need to cross lines and vote for the ones with something to say and plans to do it.

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cato_the_elder 3 years, 5 months ago

Moderateguy, dittos in spades re Tom Sloan. He's done an outstanding job representing his constituents and deserves re-election hands down.

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Moderateguy 3 years, 5 months ago

Pathetic Stephanie. Sad and pathetic. Everyone needs to realize that there is a Libertarian candidate in this race as well.

On a similar note, Tom Sloan's opponent has mailed fliers containing some of the largest misrepresentations of the truth I have ever seen. Completely disgusting, Tom is a decent man who stands on real issues and a record. His opponent has no record and is for education, and jobs... Wow, who could be against that?

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 5 months ago

Well, of course Moore's campaign is exploiting this. They probably had the ad ready to go the day their media allies broke the story.

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cato_the_elder 3 years, 5 months ago

Kansasredlegs - outstanding comment, says it all.

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thebcman 3 years, 5 months ago

while i don't like what the Moore campaign is doing with this, you can bet that if the tables were turned, Yoder's campaign would be doing the exact same thing.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 5 months ago

There's certainly a bit of desperation on Moore's part, but that's just the way elections are run. Yoder's a sleazeball, and the only real consideration for the voters is whether Moore is the greater or lesser sleazeball. My vote will go to Moore, but don't take that as any sort of endorsement. She's just the lesser sleazeball.

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kansasredlegs 3 years, 5 months ago

Let's see... Yoder refuses a request for a breath test which is his right. Goes to court and accepts the consequences of an apparent, obvious-to-the-trooper sober decision. Ms. Moore runs her advertisement using the language from an uninformed, apparently ignorant of the law prosecutor. Don't even like Yoder, but the alternative is worse.

btw: Nice reflection of the intellectual capabilities of your office there Mr. Branson. Hopefully, the advertisement was referring to Ms. McGowan's idiotic comment and not your gaffe between a PBT and Intox 8000 refusal. Remember the old saying Ms. McGowan, "Better to stand there, say nothing and look like an idiot, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt."

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Mike Ford 3 years, 5 months ago

gee dumblicans have made this campaign season nothing but attack ads because they have no policies except repudiation of Obama policies and no substance either. Kansas is for hypocrites I guess.

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Mike Ford 3 years, 5 months ago

gee dumblicans have made this campaign season nothing but attack ads because they have no policies except repudiation of Obama policies and no substance either. Kansas is for hypocrites I guess.

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Bob Harvey 3 years, 5 months ago

I agree. In typical political fashion some sleeze ball consultant had this in his/her back pocket for months waiting to unleash the trash the week before the election. I am so sick and tired of the negativism ads being used to hide from the policies and positions of the candidates. No wonder the electorate is so sick of all politicians.

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whatzit 3 years, 5 months ago

This is disgusting on Stephene Moore’s part. I refuse to volunteer for her again or vote for her in the future. This is so cheap and irrelevant!

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rockchalk1977 3 years, 5 months ago

A desperate act by a desperate little witch at halloween. No Moore, it's not a family business.

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GovJunkie 3 years, 5 months ago

Cdomin01.... He was SPEEDING on K-10... Who doesn't? That is why he was pulled over. Your statement that "by the time you get stopped; you have been doing it a while" is a misleading statement, at best... Moronic is a better description. Get over it. This just ain't Stephene's year... Nor yours!

GJ

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Kris Norton 3 years, 5 months ago

I remember when I was drunk and got pulled over and refused to take a breath test (1991). I actually remember so I wasn't that drunk.

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newmedia 3 years, 5 months ago

Try running on your policies Ms. Moore....

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edjayhawk 3 years, 5 months ago

Well guess what Stephene? Because you ran the ad and even though I"m a democrat, I ain't voting for you. Hopefully this will teach you a lesson to do away with attack ads and cheap shots.

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Charlie Dominguez 3 years, 5 months ago

He's a drunk (by the time you get stopped; you have been doing it a while) and a lying drunk. He will fit right in with the rest of the Washington crowd. But it isn't about character, its about the money you raise from "guys who don't expect nothing in return".

And we wonder why the world doesn't just wanna be like us.

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