Mayoral candidates agree: shopping bags on heads don’t make sense

Mayoral candidates Carl Brewer and Carlos Mayans say those people with shopping bags, tickets and a dinner plate on their heads don’t make much sense to them.

“I probably would have used something a little different myself,” Brewer said, laughing. “I’ve never been able to figure out exactly what the catch was to it.”

“I think you said it all, it’s a little different,” Mayans said.

Their comments came during the candidates’ last face-to-face debate on KNSS NewsRadio 1330 this morning after host Gene Countryman asked whether the taxpayer-funded signs, which are on billboards all over the state, were a good idea.

“It just seems baffling to me,” Countryman said. (Get a podcast of the show here.)

The Greater Wichita Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and Greteman Group, which made the ads, also took some heat in 2004 when the ad campaign was first displayed. The slogan — “We got the goods” — didn’t sound right to some grammar hawks. Ad writers, however, said the casual wording was intentional — like the “Got Milk” campaign.