Truth in advertising law in Kansas “prohibits the use of deception in connection with consumer transactions, and states that deception includes, but is not limited to, making misrepresentations about the property or services at issue.”
This law may be relevant in considering the case of Kansas RINOs (Republican In Name Only), most recently State Sen. Barbara Bollier of Mission Hills.
On Wednesday Republican Senate President Susan Wagle removed Bollier from the vice chairmanship of the Public Health and Welfare Committee after it became known that Bollier was not only endorsing Democrats in two key races but was also walking door to door on behalf of one of them.
“It’s always fun to find out you got fired from your job for exercising your First Amendment right,” Bollier, who has apparently never read the Constitution, told the Kansas City Star.
Wagle responded within hours of an announcement by Democrat Tom Niermann that Bollier would be campaigning for him to beat incumbent Republican Kevin Yoder in his bid to retain the 3rd District Congressional seat.
“While we respect differing opinions in our caucus, it is unacceptable to betray members of your own party by publicly endorsing leftist Democrats,” said Wagle. “Senator Bollier has lost credibility within our caucus which makes it impossible for her to function in a leadership role.”
A retired physician and abortion rights supporter, Bollier confirmed to Peter Hancock of the Lawrence Journal-World that she would be campaigning for Niermann for Congress and supporting Democrat Sen. Laura Kelly, a Democrat, for governor.
“I’m not trying to make things more difficult for anyone,” Bollier said of Niermann. “I just think he would be a great congressman for us.”
A legitimate question is whether Bollier and other RINOs consciously duped the voters in their districts by calling themselves “Republicans.” As the Sentinel reported in June, six of the bottom seven spots on the Kansas Policy Institutes’s newly released “Freedom Index” belong to Republicans.
In Kansas at least there is more than the proverbial dime’s worth of difference between the two parties. The 58 legislators most committed to education and economic freedom are all Republicans. Bollier does better on this index than several of her RINO colleagues but she still ranks lower than a half-dozen Democrats.
In Kansas, there is a good deal of incentive to declare as a Republican even if one is not. The state leans heavily Republican. People will vote for a candidate simply for the “R” next to a candidate’s name. If elected, the candidate enjoys the perks of belonging to the majority party. Intentionally or not, RINOs abuse the voters’ trust.
If Kansans demand truth in advertising from toothpaste companies and Amway salesmen, ought they not expect the same of their public officials? It may be time to report local RINOs to the attorney general.