The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on June 5, 1998 · Page 8
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 8

Salina, Kansas
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Friday, June 5, 1998
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AB FRIDAY. JUNE s. 1998 POLITICS THE SALINA JOURNAL CAMPAIGN '98: U.S. SENATE State senator seeks nomination to challenge Brownback Feleciano admits he fights uphill battle to win Senate seat in Republican state By The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Democrat Paul Feleciano, the longest-serving Kansas state senator, freely admits the odds are stacked against him in his campaign to replace Republican Sam Brownback in the U.S. Senate. Feleciano, 56, Wichita, launched his campaign Wednesday, stressing his 26 years as a legislator — including 22 years in the Senate. He also vowed to be a voice for the people of Kansas. But to get a chance to face Brownback, Feleciano must win the Aug. 4 Democratic primary. Todd Covault, Emporia, also will be on the ballot. Additionally, history doesn't favor Feleciano in this Republican-rich state. The last Democrat to be a U.S. senator from Kansas was George McGill, who served in 1930-39. Since then, only Republicans have been elected to that office. "It's an uphill battle," Feleciano told a dozen people in the lobby of the Wyandotte County Courthouse, where he kicked off his campaign. During a later stop at the Statehouse in Topeka, Feleciano told about 40 supporters: "I am a fighter; I don't know what quit means." Feleciano ended his day with a campaign stop in Wichita. He said he needs Democrats — who are 29 percent of the state's registered voters — combined with disenchanted Republicans and independents to put him over the top in November. "I'm counting on people who are disenfranchised with the sitting senator," he said. Republicans protest faxes sent from state office, but law may not apply to federal race By The Associated Press TOPEKA — Paul Feleciano had not even announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate when the state Republican Party took its first shot at him. The GOP could not resist noting that a copy of Feleciano's schedule of announcements, faxed to news organizations, contained a state telephone number for a contact. It also noted that the fax came from the office of the state Senate's minority leader. Feleciano is a state senator from Wichita. So the state GOP faxed news organiza- tions a release late Wednesday night — the night before Feleciano kicked off his campaign — under the headline "Out of the Blocks Onto His Face." It said Feleciano had violated a state election law that prohibits use of public resources for campaign purposes. "The taxpayers of Kansas should not be subsidizing any campaign," said John Potter, the OOP's 23-year-old executive director. "If we give him another month of this, he'll be using the state motor pool to drive across Kansas." In his faxed message to news media, Potter included a copy of the law in question, Kansas Statutes Annotated 25-4169a. The statute makes it illegal to use or authorize the use of public funds, vehicles, machinery, equipment or supplies or the time of any public employee for the purpose of influencing the nomination or election of any candidate to state or local office. But Potter did not run his interpretation — that Feleciano had violated the law, committing a Class C misdemeanor — past the staff of the Commission on Governmental Standards and Conduct. The commission enforces campaign finance law. Carol Williams, the commission's executive director, noted the law does not say anything about using public resources on behalf of a candidate for federal office'. The U.S. Senate is a federal office, and campaigns for it are regulated by the federal government. Generally, Kansas courts have ruled that criminal laws must be read strictly and in favor of the accused. "This section of the law has not been violated," Williams said. 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