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LETTERS: Some confusion about endorsements

To the editor:

In a political advertisement for Cheryl Green printed July 14 there was some misleading information in the “Endorsed by” part of the ad.

Make no mistake; the Kansas Republican Assembly has nothing to do with the official Republican Party. This organization has provided endorsements to quite a number of candidates from the Democratic Party.

Do you think the actual Republican Party would endorse any Democrat? Their endorsements are easy to figure out. Any incumbent, Republican or Democrat, who voted for either the sales tax increase or the Kansas budget, did not receive an endorsement. Only challengers to those incumbents received an endorsement.

If you go to the website http://www.kansasra.org, you will have the opportunity to make a donation to “KRA & its PACs” or political action committees.

Another “Endorsed by” listing was the NRA. I would certainly be interested in seeing this actual endorsement. I have been a member of the NRA for over 30 years and have received no information from the NRA regarding any such endorsement. I have also searched the websites of the political arm of the NRA, http://www.nrapvf.com and http://www.nraila.com, and there are no such endorsements listed.

In fact, as of this date, the only Kansas representative to receive an NRA endorsement is Melvin Neufeld of the 115th District.

Charlie Clark
Burns

UPDATED AFTER DEADLINE:

These aditional comments from the author of this letter will be published in next week’s issue:

 

Green comments in error

To the editor:

Last week I wrote a letter that was published in this paper. I would like to set the record straight, as I made some mistakes regarding the endorsements for Cheryl Green, candidate for the 70th District House of Representatives.

First, after the letter was sent and it was too late to change, the NRA updated their website, http://www.nrapvf.org, with an endorsement for Ms. Green. 

Second, I mistakenly indicated that the KRA, Kansas Republican Assembly, had endorsed Democrat candidates. After being called to task on this, I retraced my research and found where I had misread information regarding their endorsements. All candidates endorsed by the KRA are Republicans.

 My sincere apologies to Ms. Green and the KRA.

Right now, the crow I am eating is not tasting so well. However, these were my mistakes and I have an obligation to correct them. 

Again, I do apologize.

Charlie Clark
Burns

Last modified July 22, 2010

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