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Kansas Republican legislator blasts House Speaker Mike O’Neal

State Rep. Owen Donohoe, R-Shawnee, right, has accused Kansas House Speaker Mike O'Neal, left, of nepotism and abuse of power in a scathing letter.

State Rep. Owen Donohoe, R-Shawnee, right, has accused Kansas House Speaker Mike O'Neal, left, of nepotism and abuse of power in a scathing letter.

January 9, 2012


State Rep. Owen Donohoe, R-Shawnee, has issued a blistering attack on House Speaker Mike O’Neal, accusing his fellow Republican of nepotism and abuse of power.

“I feel that the Speaker’s violations will make it extremely difficult to arrive at legislation that is in the best interest of our constituents when it is so compromised from the start,” Donohoe said in the email to all House Republicans.

He said the House Republican caucus, which has a 92-33 advantage over Democrats, should examine whether O’Neal is the leader they should have.

Asked about the email as the 2012 session started Monday, O’Neal said, “It’s not worth commenting on it.”

Donohoe said most of his colleagues have remained quiet about the email.

He said he wrote it because he was “sick and tired” of what he said was inappropriate behavior by O’Neal.

In the email, Donohoe cites several of the controversies that have surrounded O’Neal in recent years, including the hiring of his wife and his representation in a lawsuit against the state.

In 2010, an investigative committee dismissed a misconduct complaint against O’Neal that was brought by Democrats after O’Neal filed a lawsuit on behalf of some businesses, trade groups and insurance funds against the state. But the committee did urge repeal of the law that allowed O’Neal to file the lawsuit.

In 2009, the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission ruled that O’Neal did not violate state ethics laws when another leading lawmaker hired O’Neal’s wife, Cindy, as a legislative aide.

Last year, Cindy O’Neal became an administrative assistant to House Appropriations Chair Marc Rhoades, R-Newton, who was appointed by Speaker O’Neal.

O’Neal stirred up more controversy last week. O’Neal was criticized for forwarding an email that referred to first lady Michelle Obama as “Mrs. YoMama.” O’Neal later apologized, saying he forwarded the email too quickly and missed the “Mrs. YoMama” reference.

Earlier, O’Neal forwarded an email that referred to President Barack Obama and a Bible verse that says “Let his days be few and brief.” His spokeswoman said that the email was referring to the president’s days in office.


BABBOY 3 years, 9 months ago

I think O'Neil comment that it is "not worth commenting on" is pretty telling.

Here, this someone from his own party saying that maybe there is something wrong with this guy.

But, as I have said, anyone who met Mike O'Neal knows that the guy just does not give a crap......

johnnyreb 3 years, 9 months ago

Crybaby must not have gotten the committee assignment he wanted. There is always more to the story.

Richard Heckler 3 years, 9 months ago

Has O'neal ever spoke out against a Sam Brownback move?

If so I contend this is the driving force coming from a Brownback puppet.

Doesn't mean O'neal is not unethical.

parco814 3 years, 9 months ago

Kudos to Rep. Donohoe. This couldn't happen to a nicer guy, so by all means, keep blasting away, sir. O'Neal is a childish, pathetic slob who makes his party and his state look bad. He needs to be put in his place and he needs to realize how stupid he sounds when he states that his prank emails are "part of America's culture." Well, Mikey, opposing such crap is also part of America's culture, and I'm glad I have the opportunity to make that point to you.

jcballenger 3 years, 9 months ago

It is becoming more and more apparent that the GOP is becoming a huge blight on America's society. They are the dinosaurs that are failing to keep up with human evolution.

question4u 3 years, 9 months ago

"Another example of Republicans sticking to their principles"

O'Neal still has support as the Speaker of the House despite his questionable ethical behavior in 2009 and 2010. Logically, that is an example of sticking to lack of principles. Why would you celebrate that?

asixbury 3 years, 9 months ago

What proof do you have of Dems acting any differently than Repubs? Thicker than thieves? That's a loaded statement with no basis. Politicians are mostly unethical, greedy a-holes that only care about being reelected. If there are any who actually care what the voters want, they are quickly ousted by the rest of the politicians.

riverdrifter 3 years, 9 months ago

Maybe Imodium would dry up your posts. Try it.

Terry Sexton 3 years, 9 months ago

Math & Phoenix, who do you guys support for the Presidency in 2012? And no, anyone but Obama is not an answer.

beatrice 3 years, 9 months ago

And what log-on name do you think you will be using by the time of the election in November?

Richard Heckler 3 years, 9 months ago

Since going off topic is the order of the day:

In end big debt and super duper bailouts were the results which does not seem to bother Republicans, as long as they are in power.

In fact, by the time the second Bush left office, the national debt had grown to $12.1 trillion:

  • Over half of that amount had been created by Bush’s tax cuts for the very wealthy.

  • Another 30% of the national debt had been created by the tax cuts for the wealthy under Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

• Fully 81% of the national debt was created by just these three Republican Presidents.

Not to forget:

  • Nixon's spying on democrats = Watergate
  • Reagan/Bush hooking up with Iran to pull off their illegal weapons sale scheme...can we say Iran-Contra. *Reagan/Bush and Bush/Cheney pulling off home loan swindles with taxpayers bailing out both crime sprees ........ seems to be a pattern.

danmoore 3 years, 9 months ago

You got that right. Republicans used to be the party of fiscal responsibility but ever since Reagan took office each republican president has left the white house with a huge debt. We have been spending money we don’t have since Reagan was president and only when Obama takes office do republicans start to become concerned. Where was their outrage when W was creating this disaster? I have no issues with the republican ideology. The problem is there are not many republicans practicing it.

lunacydetector 3 years, 9 months ago

which one is the republican in name only? hmmm, i smell a republican email leak to a liberal pinko journalist in the near future

Ockhams_Razor 3 years, 9 months ago

I'm guessing that Donohoe did not get his first choice of committee assignments.

JackMcKee 3 years, 9 months ago

I'm sensing a civil war brewing in the Kansas GOP

Ken Lewis 3 years, 9 months ago

The entire legislature is an abuse of power. Most of what they do is beyond thier Constitutional bounds. So what is new about an abuse of power? These guys couldn't care less what thier Constitutional restrictions are. The Constitution is just something to give lip service too.

Ken Lewis 3 years, 9 months ago

Let's hope they in-fight all session and get nothing accomplished.....that way they cant screw up anything or screw us out of more freedoms.

blindrabbit 3 years, 9 months ago

That picture of O'Neal looks like some kind of monkey shucking peanuts or sunflower seeds while wating for responses to his bigoted postings. Or maybe, with his red face, a little too much of his Irish blarney after partaking in the "nectar of the gods".

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