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