Beware of last-minute campaign mailers, ads

mud.jpbHeading into the final weekend before Tuesday’s primary, voters should beware of last-minute mailers and ads attacking political candidates. Such claims usually are misleading and exaggerated. The worst offenders often aren’t the opposing candidates but third-party groups. For example, Americans for Prosperity-Kansas – a critic of public education and education funding – has been attacking some pro-education lawmakers for not voting last session for a school funding bill (that also eliminated state-mandated due-process rights for teachers and granted tax credits for business donations to private schools). Mailers proclaim that “when our schools needed a lifeline,” the lawmakers voted “no.” The cynicism and hypocrisy are stunning. Political action committees also have launched new TV ads attacking congressional candidates, including Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita.