Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Meyers Sets Record Straight on Her Gubernatorial Choice

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Meyers Sets Record Straight on Her Gubernatorial Choice

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Gov. Sam Brownback's re-election campaign trumpeted Monday the endorsement of former Congresswoman Jan Meyers, who last week was mistakenly included in a list of Republicans endorsing Democratic challenger Paul Davis.

Former state senator Wint Winters Jr., a leader of the 103 Davis supporters who call themselves "Republicans for Kansas Values," has taken responsibility for including Meyers in the list.

Meyers said this past week she wasn't endorsing Davis, and on Monday, Brownback's campaign distributed a statement saying that she would throw her support behind the incumbent.

"I wanted to set the record straight on the recent announcements that some Republicans including me are not supporting Gov. Brownback's re-election," Meyers said. "For my part, nothing could be further from the truth. I do support Sam Brownback for another term as governor."

The statement also said Meyers supports Brownback's controversial tax changes, which include exempting about 191,000 businesses from paying any state income tax.

"I'm very supportive and pleased with Sam's advocacy of small business and his efforts to reduce the tax burden on entrepreneurs which encourage economic development and job creation," Meyers said. "As the former chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Small Business, I understand that Sam has proposed and the Legislature has passed public policies to promote economic growth and relieve the burdens of over-regulation."

The Davis campaign announced the endorsement of 104 Republicans, most of whom are former elected officials, in a media event July 15.

Some of the 103 remaining, including former state Rep. Bill Otto, since have told other news outlets they are no longer affiliated with the Republican Party, though they were when they served.

Leaders of the current Republican Party quickly characterized the 103 as an "old guard" that had little influence on today's politics and was out of touch with modern Republican voters. …

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