Archive for Thursday, October 11, 2012

Former KDOT Secretary Miller says Brown was not involved in helping improve safety on K-10

October 11, 2012


Former Kansas Department of Transportation Secretary Deb Miller on Thursday said that state Rep. Anthony Brown, R-Eudora, was not involved in helping secure safety improvements along Kansas Highway 10. Brown issued a response saying that he was involved in getting cable median barriers approved for a section of the road.

The issue has erupted in the race for the 3rd State Senate District race in which Brown is challenging Democratic incumbent Tom Holland of Baldwin City.

Holland was endorsed by Eudora Mayor Scott Hopson, who said Holland helped the community improve safety on K-10 after a 2011 accident that killed 5-year-old Cainan Shutt.

In his endorsement of Holland, Hopson said, "We made numerous phone calls to our local elected state representatives. Only one stepped up." Hopson has said Brown did nothing to help.

Brown, however, said he worked "tirelessly" behind the scenes on the issue, and he noted a July letter he received from current KDOT Secretary Mike King, in which King thanked Brown "for your ongoing concern to see this project through." King was appointed secretary by Gov. Sam Brownback in March.

But Miller, who was transportation secretary from 2003 through 2011, said, "I remember very well the tragic April 2011 collision that claimed the life of 5-year-old Cainan Shutt. I also remember who stepped forward to work with KDOT on a plan to improve the safety of that stretch of K-10.

“Eudora Mayor Scott Hopson played a critical role. So did Sen. Holland. Both were involved from start to finish in the discussions that led to the installation of new safety barriers in the highway median. Rep. Anthony Brown simply was not.”

In response to Miller's statement, Brown reiterated his position. He said that in the 2012 legislative session, after a bill that Holland was pushing to create a safety corridor failed, "I was able to communicate our community's desire to have safety cables built to the budget director and governor's staff. Because of those efforts the cables are being placed with no additional taxes or fees to pay for them."

Miller was first appointed secretary by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat. Miller was reappointed by Brownback, a Republican, and then later left her position to take a private sector job.


Bob Forer 1 year, 6 months ago

I checked out the guys picture. He looks like someone who works at a barber shop sweeping severed hair into that little trap door embedded into the floor. I venture a guess based on his cheap haircut that he cut his own hair after watching his bosses ply their trade.


Richard Heckler 1 year, 6 months ago

Deb Miller a liberal? Says who.

Then again Sam Brownback makes Barry Goldwater appear to be a liberal which should be quite an embarrassing achievement.


Richard Heckler 1 year, 6 months ago

Anthony Brown apparently was lying. He and Sam Brownback must get on famously telling fairy tales and watching their noses get longer and longer and longer.


David Albertson 1 year, 6 months ago

Anthony Brown is a card carrying member of a socialist organization (aka UNION member). Why are the conservatives here slamming the small business owner and defending the UNION THUG? Seems that "R" next to his name trumps their "values".


observant 1 year, 6 months ago

This brownie a carpenter? Bet he thinks owning a saw and hammer makes him a carpenter? What a joke, like the other brownie thinking he's a competent anything!


autie 1 year, 6 months ago

Wastewater, I tell you what, Deb Miller was one damn good secretary for KDOT and she ran the show without regard for all the political BS. She made KDOT work when everybody else demand transferred all their funding; she still got things done. So blow bilge.


tomatogrower 1 year, 6 months ago

Ok, I looked around and Brown seems to be unemployed. Holland runs his own business. How is Brown earning a living anyway? He sounds like he falls more into that 47%. Or are the Kochs going to make sure he gets a really good job soon?


wastewatcher 1 year, 6 months ago

Miller a LIBERAL Democrat hyping Holland an extremely liberal Democrat and bagging Brown a common sense conservative, is this a surprise? Miller sucked on and lived of the state while her LIBERAL CROONIES left the state broke. Remember the voters rejected Holland and his LIBERAL views by a record margin..


Stuart Sweeney 1 year, 6 months ago

It is to bad the highway is not K-32 then we could and continue to say noone has done a thing!!! It is deadlier and more dangerous than K-10 and is about the same length but noone gives a hoot! WHY, WHY, WHY????


alcoholbliss 1 year, 6 months ago

It doesn't matter, as long as we still have someone to point the finger of blame at when buses and semi are still in the other lanes of traffic claiming lives...


Bill Thompson 1 year, 6 months ago

It's typical Republican get elected using any and all means tactics...


jimincountry 1 year, 6 months ago

Too bad KDOT's involved at all in this politcal crapola. A drug addict killed someone on the highway and KDOT can't stop stupid dopeheads.


concernedeudoravoter 1 year, 6 months ago

No words that come out of Anthony Brown's mouth can be believed. He claims to be for education, but then votes against any funding of it. Claims he helped after this tragedy, but didn't. blah blah blah blah


hyperinflate 1 year, 6 months ago

No. It's about time that lies from politicians get exposed by the Fourth Estate. Seems to me that they did this once upon a time. Then they seemed to forget how. Looks like at least someone believes in doing this again.

Wish it were tried against some of the effluent from Willard M. Romney now and again.


consumer1 1 year, 6 months ago

This is a new all time low of whiney whinesters.


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