Tracey Mann’s recent campaign mailing calling the frontrunners for U.S. Congress from Kansas “lifelong politicians” deserves to be corrected.


Tracey Mann’s recent campaign mailing calling the frontrunners for U.S. Congress from Kansas “lifelong politicians” deserves to be corrected.
The serious problems facing America today were not caused by Kansans whom we elect to serve their community in Topeka for a few months a year. We should applaud men and women who take time away from their families, their crops and their businesses to serve our interests in the state legislature each year.
The real “lifelong politicians” are the full-time politicians in Washington D.C. - and their staffs (sometimes referred to as a permanent ruling class) who are not in touch with us. They love Washington D.C., and see Kansas as merely a steppingstone to get them back there, this time as the boss. Both parties seem to think that it is their right when an office holder retires, or decides to run for a higher office, to pass the seat on to a hand picked successor.
We currently have two former Washington D.C. congressional staffers who have never cast a single vote in the Kansas Legislature, yet have relocated (voter registration) to Central Kansas in hopes we will foolishly send them back to Washington D.C. as our next congressman in the Big First.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich recently said “Capitol Hill staffers have no contact with reality,” and spend “their entire life being arrogant to visitors from back home.” I don’t agree entirely, but he does make a point.
This August, I will be voting for a Western Kansas farmer - Tim Huelskamp - for U.S. Congress. Tim is a lifelong family farmer who also happens to have a terrific voting record in the Kansas Senate. We could use more of both in the U.S. Congress these days!

Chris Cottrell
McPherson