State GOP, Brownback lost ‘moral compass’

GOP power brokers led by Gov. Sam Brownback are operating by “intimidation and threats” and “without a moral compass,” outgoing state Sen. Dick Kelsey (in photo), R-Goddard, told the Topeka Capital-Journal. Kelsey, who was targeted for defeat by Brownback and by the state and Wichita chambers of commerce, said that the administration and its backers “will say and do anything to achieve their goals” – including falsely claiming in campaign mailers that Kelsey supported Obamacare. “That was absolutely asinine,” Kelsey said. What is particularly frustrating is that these are some of the same people “who wave the Christian flag more than anybody has ever done in state government,” Kelsey said. “Yet they did not operate with any kind of truthfulness or honesty.”