First District candidate Rob Wasinger used a last-minute ruling on the state-wide smoking ban set to go into effect Thursday to not only praise the injunction but also take a swipe at fellow candidate Jim Barnett.
Judge Franklin Theis ruled late Wednesday that an injunction be placed on the smoking ban pending the results of a trial, which will probably take place in the next 30-60 days.
A group of bar and club owners from around Kansas said that the legislature unfairly placed the smoking ban on their businesses while including exemptions for state-owned casinos.
Wasinger not only knocks the ban but also reminds voters of Barnett’s vote for the ban during his time in the state Senate- part of the anti-incumbent sentiment playing out in races across the country.
“Instead of focusing on solving the education funding crisis, Jim Barnett chose to support and actively promote a nanny-state law that hurts revenue for businesses and would likely lead to higher unemployment during tough economic times,” said Wasinger. “Luckily, Barnett’s smoking ban has been rightfully blocked which is a big win for limited government principles and a big blow to big government babysitting politicians like Jim Barnett.”