Lawmaker’s comment getting attention

A comment by a Kansas state lawmaker is getting some national attention — unfortunately. Rep. Connie O’Brien, R-Tonganoxie, in arguing last week for repeal of the state’s in-state college tuition law for children of illegal immigrants, recounted how she and her son saw a student who didn’t have a driver’s license pick up scholarship money at Kansas City Kansas Community College last year. “We could tell by looking at her that she was not originally from this country,” O’Brien said. When asked how she could tell that the young woman was an illegal immigrant, O’Brien said: “Well, she wasn’t black, she wasn’t Asian, and she had the olive complexion.” O’Brien issued an apology today: “I misspoke and apologize to those I offended.”