Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Rep. Lynn Jenkins Objects to Protest Poster ; Kansas Democratic Party Agrees Sign Was Inappropriate, Offensive

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Rep. Lynn Jenkins Objects to Protest Poster ; Kansas Democratic Party Agrees Sign Was Inappropriate, Offensive

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U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins said this week she was "disappointed" the Kansas Democratic Party encouraged an anti-Jenkins protester with a controversial sign, but a party spokesman said the protester was acting on her own accord.

Lawrence resident Mary Swayne stood outside the Dole Institute of Politics late Sunday afternoon with a poster depicting Jenkins as an exotic dancer being paid by Wichita businessmen Charles and David Koch. Jenkins, a Republican, delivered the annual Dole Lecture at the institute before a crowd of about 100 people.

On Tuesday morning, a tweet from Jenkins' campaign Twitter account featured a photo taken by a Topeka Capital-Journal reporter of Swayne holding the poster.

"Disappointed the KS Democrat Party encouraged something like this at a bipartisan event to honor female leaders," the tweet stated.

But Carlos Lugo, a communications director for the Kansas Democratic Party, said Wednesday Swayne wasn't encouraged by the party to protest.

"The congresswoman needs to do a little better research," Lugo said.

According to Lugo, the Douglas County Democratic Party had planned to protest Jenkins' appearance but decided against it after learning the event was aimed at honoring women in leadership.

Many of the questions Jenkins was asked in the question-and- answer session centered on the challenges female politicians face, and a brochure described the event as "an excellent way to conclude a semester largely devoted to women as leaders."

The Dole lecture is held each year on or about April 14, the day former Sen. Bob Dole was wounded in Italy during World War II.

"The Douglas County Democrats organized a protest of an event that recognizes Senator Dole being injured during WWII simply because his friend Congresswoman Jenkins was speaking," said Tom Brandt, Jenkins' communications director. …

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