Topeka Republican gubernatorial candidate Sam Brownback has two new television commercials and the campaign of his Democratic opponent Tom Holland says the 30-second spots say nothing, especially about school funding.
In one commercial, Brownback says he has drawn inspiration from Smith Center High School football coach Roger Barta on how to improve Kansas. The eight-man team won five straight state championships and 79 consecutive games under Barta and their success was the subject of a recent book.
The lessons learned from Barta, Brownback says, are to get a little better each day, love the person not the position and care and respect each other.
In the other commercial, Brownback says the three "great challenges" of his administration will be to create private sector jobs, improve education and have government support families.
Brownback, currently a U.S. senator, faces Holland, a state senator from Baldwin City in the Nov. 2 election.
Holland's campaign issued a news release saying the Brownback ads lacked detail.
"Senator Brownback is now saying on TV what he's said on the campaign trail -- nothing," Holland's campaign spokesperson Seth Bundy said.
Bundy said the commercials include "no details, no specifics and no answers. It's time Senator Brownback stops hiding his real agenda for Kansas schools."
Brownback has said the current school finance system needs an overhaul but he has declined to say what he would like to see changed.
Bundy said of Holland, "Tom will get new resources back into the classroom, he opposes forcing districts to raise their property taxes and he opposes taking money away from public schools through private vouchers."