You'd think gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis would want talk of his frequenting strip clubs to go away. You'd be wrong.
Davis' campaign complained late last week that Timothy Keck, Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer's chief of staff, requested strippergate police reports from the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office days before the news story broke.
The Davis campaign alleges that the request was s misuse of state resources.
Davis campaign spokesperson said, "This is a disgusting revelation that puts a public employee in the middle of a smear campaign and likely using taxpayer money to fund it."
I don't even. Since when did Democrats care about wasting funding?
And it also begs the question I asked at the outset. A person of high moral character would wish the strippergate story would go away. However, knowing Davis schleps around "funding" struggling single mothers will likely entice more Dems to the polls. (They are so weird.)
Since I do care about the misuse of government resources, I would have a problem if Keck was spending hours and hours on opposition research while on the public dime. However, I know from experience that when dealing with a public entity that isn't a complete abomination (ahem. Derek Schmidt's office), a KORA request takes about 15 seconds. Keck could have made the request on his lunch break, or even a bathroom break. Keck has the right, as a private citizen, to request whatever records he wants.
For what it's worth, the Brownback campaign responded that state law allows Keck to work on Brownback's campaign.
The law, Kansas Statute 25-4169, reads: "The provisions of this section prohibiting the use of time of any officer or employee for such (campaign) purposes shall not apply to an incumbent officer campaigning for nomination or re-election to a succeeding term to such office or to members of the personal staff of any elected officer."
Politicians always protect their campaigning activities via legislation.
Duh. As long as Davis has been in office and involved in politics, I'm shocked he didn't know this already.This is why political signs are always allowed, no matter particular covenants; why door-knocking for candidates is A-OK despite anti-solicitation laws; and why your phone number tied to your voter registration is released to candidates regardless of the no call list.