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Archive for Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Statehouse Live: Ethics complaint filed against Rep. Gregory; legislator admits mistake

July 20, 2011, 9:56 p.m. Updated July 20, 2011, 10:01 p.m.

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— The Kansas Democratic Party on Wednesday filed an ethics complaint against state Rep. TerriLois Gregory, R-Baldwin City, saying she violated a state law that prohibits the use of public resources for political campaigning.

In a prepared statement Gregory admitted she made a mistake in requesting campaign contributions in a newsletter sent in a recent email from her state account. “I take full responsibility for my actions and apologize to my constituents,” Gregory said.

Kansas law prohibits state elected officials from using public funds, machinery, equipment, supplies or any governmental agency for campaign purposes.

“Rep. Gregory talks about her conservative principles, her desire to stop government waste and be a good steward of taxpayer dollars, apparently while sending out campaign solicitations using state resources,” said Kansas Democratic Party executive director Kenny Johnston.

“This type of behavior demonstrates either a total lapse in judgment or a serious misunderstanding of what it means to be a public servant. An elected Kansas official should know and do better,” Johnston said.

Gregory said she will work with the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission “on this error.” She added, “I understand that state property must be respected and will ensure that this does not happen again.”

The email contains a July newsletter from Gregory that touches on several major state issues.

Under the heading, “How do we continue?” Gregory, in her first term, asked for campaign contributions for her 2012 re-election campaign. She asked for contributions ranging from $5 to $500 with a goal of raising $20,000 by Aug. 25 for her 2012.

“Unless you like more taxes, more debt and more regulation, I need to stay in office and hold strong a defensive fiscal line for Kansas,” she said. She includes instructions on who to make checks out to and where to send them.

The newsletter was sent from her state House email account.

Comments

Roland Gunslinger 3 years, 5 months ago

Much ado about nothing.

In the end it didn't cost us taxpayers anything as it was in email form and not mailed using postage.

She apologised immediately when the complaint came out and vowed to work with the ethics committee to make sure it won't happen again. Should be the end of the story as far as I'm concerned.

question4u 3 years, 5 months ago

I agree. If any state employees violate state law and misuse state email accounts they should only have to say that it was an error, apologize and promise that it won't happen again. It doesn't cost the taxpayer anything, so the law really isn't important.

tomatogrower 3 years, 5 months ago

Yet, if it was a Democrat, you'd all be howling.

Mike Ford 3 years, 5 months ago

nice to know this moron of a representative broke the law. I live in her district and consider her a carpetbagger. To quote her hero Sarah Palin, she probably locked and loaded her letters the wrong way. Never underestimate the stupidity of rural kansas.

LogicMan 3 years, 5 months ago

"Never underestimate the stupidity of rural kansas."

I think you are now Number 1 on the City's list for civility re-education.

karma2010 3 years, 5 months ago

Well, I knew she would finally show her real self someday. We know from the past that she is not who she portrays to be. Still find it funny that she fooled so many people into believing she was trustworthy enough to be their representative.

Kontum1972 3 years, 5 months ago

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pace 3 years, 5 months ago

I appreciate she apologized and understood she broke the law. Too many don't take responsibility when they are clearly in the wrong. Elected officials should be held to, at least, to the very liberal and loose standard of legal campaigning.

4accountability 3 years, 5 months ago

She did not understand, she admitted her mistake and said she will not do it again. Forgive her for the error but beware of your representative...she knows not what she does!

ockhamsrazor 3 years, 5 months ago

This is a second ethics incident for Teri Lois Gregory. The Ottawa Herald reports she had a postcard writing violation last year.

Randall Uhrich 3 years, 5 months ago

Apology notwithstanding, it is impossible to accept that Gregory didn't realize what she was doing was prohibited. A substantial censure is in order.

Mike Ford 3 years, 5 months ago

no, autie, they vote for smiling gop cronies who say one thing and do another but do these rural people get this....noooo.... less regulation as advocated by the gop means local businesses in small towns aren't protected from the wal marts and the chains. I have a decade of being a pk in a couple of these towns in central and southern kansas. I've seen what I'm talking about firsthand.

karma2010 3 years, 5 months ago

All you people that elected her please do your homework. You all want change but at what cost? Do you really know what she did to people in her past?

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