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.


hyperinflate 5 years, 7 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.

hyperinflate 5 years, 7 months ago

Did the career counselor in high school tell you that you were "good with your hands/building things" by any chance?

concernedeudoravoter 5 years, 7 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

redherring 5 years, 7 months ago

After doing everything in his power to destroy Eudora's greatest asset -- its schools -- he claims that he is supported by two Eudora School Board Members. Would those members please step forward???

james bush 5 years, 7 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.

Stuart Sweeney 5 years, 7 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????

Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 7 months ago

Publicity. A child's tragic death is always good for that.

There are roads and highways all over, and they're all very dangerous. Since most people are on them every day, it's so easy to forget that.

As individuals, all we can do is drive as carefully as possible, and use all available safety equipment.

Personally, I always wear my seat belt. I never notice it at all, what I notice is its absence. How could I not have one on? I've been in 2 cars that were crushed, with me safely belted in.

One moment in my life that I'll never forget is a discussion I had with a very excited police officer that was wanting me to tell him where the driver was that had slid his car off an icy highway directly into a tree. That was long before cars were equipped with air bags.

He could hardly believe it was me. But, there wasn't anybody else there.

wastewatcher 5 years, 7 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..

David Albertson 5 years, 7 months ago

Common sense conservative? That's like saying someone is a sober drunk.

tomatogrower 5 years, 7 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?

tomatogrower 5 years, 7 months ago

The sites I read said he has worked as a carpenter, as if it was something he used to do. It also said he used to teach. Why did he stop doing that?

chootspa 5 years, 7 months ago

This one: Seems to imply that he used to be a carpenter for JE Dunn but stopped in 2008. It lists him as currently having a business called Nsight Properties, LLC.

Which is listed here as delinquent: and here:

It's possible he still does freelance contract carpentry work. It's possible that the income comes mainly from his wife. But it is interesting, because he doesn't seem to have an obvious revenue stream. I tried searching to see if I could find his carpentry business. I couldn't find it.

redherring 5 years, 7 months ago

Explain to me how this guy can't afford to keep his business in good standing, can't/won't afford to join the teensy tiny chamber in Eudora, but CAN afford all those high dollar political signs. Is this really the best the Republican party could do??

Budgets_Smudgets 5 years, 7 months ago

And is so well respected by industry and legislature that Brownback kept her on.

Danielle Brunin 5 years, 7 months ago

Absolutely! Now, especially in comparison to Mike King, contractor extraordinaire who is an ultraconservative crony of Brownback and won't rest until KDOT is privatized and gutted to the core. Deb Miller genuinely cared about KDOT, the public, and Kansas. Mike King only cares about pleasing his master in the governor's office.

David Albertson 5 years, 7 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".

Richard Heckler 5 years, 7 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.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 7 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.

Bob Forer 5 years, 7 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.

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