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Hensley returning Hallmark donation

October 8, 2012

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— A state senator is returning a donation he received from Hallmark because of the greeting card company's decision to close its Topeka plant.

Sen. Anthony Hensley, a Democrat, says he'll return the $500 donation from Hallmark he received this week. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Hallmark announced this week that it's consolidating operations in Topeka, Leavenworth and Lawrence. The move is expected to cut about 300 employees.

Hensley said his wife worked at the Topeka plant for 19 years as an assembly employee. He says he cannot accept a campaign contribution from a company that's leaving Topeka.

Casey Moore, Hensley's Republican opponent in the upcoming election, says Hensley is right to return the donation. But he says it would have been better Henlsey "had worked to keep jobs here."

Comments

Joe Hyde 2 years, 2 months ago

Mr. Moore's innuendo suggests that Senator Hensley did nothing to keep those Hallmark jobs in Topeka. The statement assumes that Sen. Hensley had advance knowledge of Hallmark's corporate decision to lay off those 300 workers.

For Hallmark officials to lay off so many employees (among them Sen. Hensley's wife) and then donate to his re-election campaign strikes me as insulting to the max. Maybe they didn't mean it that way, but I'll bet that's how their donation was perceived before it was rejected.

Joe Hyde 2 years, 2 months ago

You are right: I stand corrected. She used to work there, and was not laid off with those 300.

Matthew Herbert 2 years, 2 months ago

I had the opportunity to work directly with Senator Hensley a couple years ago and I, as someone who is normally disproportionately negative in my comments on the Journal World site will confess that he is a very solid guy who has his intentions in the right place. I would vote for Senator Hensley if given the opportunity.

PhilChiles 2 years, 2 months ago

Not that often, but they definitely should. I'm gonna try to use it more often.

optimist 2 years, 2 months ago

To blame this plant closure on anyone other than the state of the economy and the demand by American consumers is ridiculous. To return the donation is also ridiculous. Hallmark is a privately held company entitled to make decisions in the company's interests and that $500 had nothing to do with the closing of the plant. We should all be glad that Hallmark is retaining many of the Topeka employees and two other plants in the state. That is the good news. That said if the company every rebounds through the development of other products I feel confident that Topeka would be a viable place for them to expand again. This contraction likely had many aspects to it and it should not be viewed as an affront to Topeka. That's the wrong way to view it.

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