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Holland says NO to the chamber

 

Gubernatorial candidate Tom Holland  attempted to make new with absolutely no news Friday when he announced that he would not seek — nor accept — an endorsement from the Kansas Chamber. 
Holland copies the press on a letter authored to members of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Industry Executive Board notifying members that he “firmly believe that the Chamber’s rhetoric during this past legislative session was unbecoming of any organization whose mission is supposedly focused on enhancing the economic well-being of our Great State.
Specifically, when you likened those receiving state services to animals feeding ‘at the government trough’, the Chamber insulted the elderly, the vulnerable, school children and struggling Kansas families.”
Holland goes on to explain his bewilderment with the Chamber’s opposition to the new comprehensive transportation plan and support an amendment that many of the organization’s largest members opposed. 
“The priorities and actions of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce have become highly partisan and detrimental to the development of our state’s economy. As the next Governor of Kansas, I look forward to the day when I can work with a state chamber organization that constructively engages all stakeholders and works to foster real economic development in Kansas.”
Holland’s message seems to run counter to other candidate’s who seek endorsements but I’m guessing the Chamber will get the point.

Gubernatorial candidate Tom Holland  attempted to make new with absolutely no news Friday when he announced that he would not seek — nor accept — an endorsement from the Kansas Chamber. Holland copies the press on a letter authored to members of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Industry Executive Board notifying members that he “firmly believe that the Chamber’s rhetoric during this past legislative session was unbecoming of any organization whose mission is supposedly focused on enhancing the economic well-being of our Great State.Specifically, when you likened those receiving state services to animals feeding ‘at the government trough’, the Chamber insulted the elderly, the vulnerable, school children and struggling Kansas families.”Holland goes on to explain his bewilderment with the Chamber’s opposition to the new comprehensive transportation plan and support an amendment that many of the organization’s largest members opposed. “The priorities and actions of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce have become highly partisan and detrimental to the development of our state’s economy. As the next Governor of Kansas, I look forward to the day when I can work with a state chamber organization that constructively engages all stakeholders and works to foster real economic development in Kansas.”Holland’s message seems to run counter to other candidate’s who seek endorsements but I’m guessing the Chamber will get the point.

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About Katie Stockstill-Sawyer

I am a city girl that is learning about life on the farm. I met and married a fourth-generation farmer, Derek. I am now a farmer's wife and country girl. The move has required a few changes and a lot of learning. But I wouldn't change my new life and all of the little lessons and surprises it provides.

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