February 22, 2024

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Hispanic Affairs Commission Page Misleads

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A dead Facebook page for the Kansas Hispanic and Latino American Affairs Commission, or KHLAAC, appears to be politicking on behalf on a Democratic Congressional candidate. On Feb. 27, someone shared the James Thompson for Congress page to what appears to be a page controlled by a bipartisan state commission.

Thompson is running against Republican Ron Estes’ for the Congressional seat Mike Pompeo vacated when he was named CIA Director.

The KHLAAC post is a share from former commission chair Cecilia Ysaac’s personal page. It reads, “I support James Thompson and can say I am part of the solution to Kansas’ Brownback, Kobach, and Koch problem.”

KHLAAC Mission

KHLAAC is a seven-member bipartisan commission. Commissioners are appointed by the Governor, but no more than four members of the same political party can serve on the commission at any one time. Its mission is to serve as a liaison between the Governor’s Office and the Hispanic community.

According to Ben Sauceda, a former KHLAAC commissioner, the organization no longer has access to the Facebook page. When a new executive director took over, she didn’t receive passwords and user ID information for the old Facebook page.

“That’s an old Facebook page, and KHLAAC doesn’t have control of it,” Sauceda said.

Ysaac of Kansas City, Kansas, represented Kansas’ Third Congressional District on the commission, but she left the commission in 2013.

Prior to the Feb. 27 political post, no one had posted to that page since 2011.

The group’s current official page is here.

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