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Citizens Bank of Kansas is drawn into political dispute via Facebook

WICHITA — A political dispute became a business one for Citizens Bank of Kansas on Monday.

Bank chairman Jane Deterding filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission late last month over Kansans for Responsible Government, Wink Hartman Sr.’s super PAC.

“I just did it individually,” Deterding says. “No covert operation here.”

Nor was there a connection to her family’s bank, she says.

However, State Sen. Michael O’Donnell has found one, and on Monday he used Facebook to share it.

“Ms. Deterding at the Citizens Bank of Kansas filed just completely baseless and false charges against me and Wink Hartman regarding involvement with the Tiahrt campaign,” says O’Donnell, whose Facebook profile picture is of himself with former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole.

“I got into politics with Bob Dole, and he taught us to play hard but play fair,” says Deterding, who worked for Dole from 1983 to 1987. “That’s not what’s happening in the Tiahrt campaign.”

Deterding, a friend and supporter of U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo, says she believes that Hartman is inappropriately funneling money to the campaign of former U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt, Pompeo’s opponent in the current 4th District House primary race. She says she believes that O’Donnell, Hartman’s marketing director, is serving as a go-between.

O’Donnell conducted a “poll” related to Deterding.

“Facebook poll: Who banks with Citizens Bank of Kansas? I’ve never come across such unethical leadership in my life,” O’Donnell wrote.

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“The last time I noticed I am not on the ballot August 5th.”

– Businessman Wink Hartman Sr. in an e-mail to friends and colleagues on a political sticker that says “TIAHARTMAN” with a line slashed through it

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“If you weren’t the Republican Party, you wouldn’t be here tonight.”

– Senior pastor Bo Graves of the First Baptist Church Haysville, who describes his congregation as about 95 percent conservative and allowed Republicans to use a room Tuesday where Steve Anthimides was selected to replace Phil Hermanson in the Kansas House of Representatives

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“I thought I’d get in line right behind him.”

– Outgoing Chamber chairwoman Debbie Gann, who “about choked” at the group’s annual dinner Tuesday when possible mayoral candidate Jeff Turner suggested she would make a great mayor

Wink Hartman Sr. may run for office again

WICHITA — He has more businesses to keep him occupied than the average 10 people combined, but Wink Hartman Sr. is once again considering a run for office.

“The model that we’ve lived by for so many years is broken in Congress,” says the oilman, who also is a restaurateur, among other things. “The bickering (has) deteriorated to name calling, which has deteriorated into the inability of either party doing something for the citizenry that they were elected to do.”

Hartman lost a blistering campaign for the 4th Congressional District in 2010.

“When I ran for District 4 in 2010, as many people remember it was unpleasant banter amongst the candidates,” Hartman says. “But yet I have learned in life that a lot of things that need to get done, there’s no easy path, and if I have to take a few hits and a few slaps along the way, I’m … more than willing to do that.”

He’s not saying if he’s going to run or what office he may seek.

“I’m not saying I’m going to do it, but it is under consideration,” Hartman says.

“I have a rather large expanse of interest politically,” he says. “My number one goal is to improve … the quality of life not only in District 4 of Kansas, but in the state of Kansas and hopefully affect some change nationally if the proper people are elected in Kansas. … In my life, I’ve been fortunate and been very successful at a multitude of businesses, but at the end of the day, the people of this state have earned the right to have qualified elected officials, and in my view, there are multiple areas where that is not the fact.”

Hartman says others have approached him about running, but he says it’s all about finding the right person for each office. That may not be him, Hartman says.

“It is incumbent upon people like myself and many others to put the best slate of Kansas possibilities for the voters to make a selection.”

He plans to do some polling to explore possibilities.

So why not be content to reign over his own business kingdom and let someone else fight political battles?

“History tells us that that attitude is one of the many problems that we now suffer at different levels of government,” Hartman says. “The kingdom attitude, the swing back at your opponent, the name calling, the inability to come to a consensus.”

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“I’ve contracted with Bill Warren to be my campaign manager.”

– Former Mayor Bob Knight’s joking response when asked if the reason he’s moving back to Wichita (from the Crestview Country Club improvement district ) is to run for mayor

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“Well, we’ve had a great tour going on, on a Wichita-made motorcycle. That’s a Big Dog made in Wichita. Great company.”

– Gov. Sam Brownback on the Kansas Republicans’ Road Map for Growth Tour Friday in Wichita where he referenced Big Dog Motorcycles, which went out of business last year

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“I apologize for monopolizing the microphone, but I’m the senior senator, so the hell with it.”

– Sen. Pat Roberts during a Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association panel discussion in Wichita Monday that included Sen. Jerry Moran and Reps. Mike Pompeo, Tim Huelskamp and Lynn Jenkins

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“I’m not uncomfortable with, win or lose, my opponent being there. I think it’s a show of solidarity with each other.”

– State Senate candidate Tim Snow, who is joining other Democrats (including opponent Perry Schuckman) at the Pumphouse for a watch party Tuesday night