Republican gubernatorial candidate Joan Heffington has been hitting the road. According to a press release issued Tuesday, Heffington has visited 22 cities across the state. Her sons, one who is working and the other who opted to “enjoy the summer with his friends,” are no longer accompanying her on her cross- state trek.
The lengthy release documents her stops, including barbecues and stump speeches.
“She attended the Brown County Ice Cream Social in Hiawatha on June 18, then traveled through severe weather including 70 mph winds to speak in Topeka on June 19. She attended the Kansas Oil & Gas BBQ in Ottawa on June 22, spoke in Overland Park on June 24 and then attended a political rally in Oskaloosa that same night. She spoke in Olathe at another political rally on June 26, and traveled to McPherson, Salina, Hays, Colby and Goodland on July 1.”
In her release, Heffington also notes that she “has not seen her opponent Senator Brownback at any events in Kansas to date” and adds that she believes he is hiding his affiliation with the CIA.
“She believes he is keeping a low profile so that he doesn’t have to answer any questions concerning his alleged involvement in the CIA abuse of National Security Letters using innocent Kansans as experiments for chemical and biological warfare.”
The Derby resident has also denounced the polls showing her trailing Brownback, claiming that she has found only a handful of people who will cast their vote for Brownback.
“Many of the polls appear biased in his favor, but after traveling to 22 cities, she has only found 3 people who will vote for him.”
Her final allegation points to both Brownback and Todd Tiahrt, who she claims are working together to stall her efforts to acquire the Medal of Honor for her father, who died in Vietnam.
“Over the past year, Ms. Heffington obtained all of the documents needed by the Air Force, even a Medal of Honor Award Recommendation letter from her father’s former commander who is now 92 years old. This letter was mailed certified on April 19, “lost” in the mail and diverted to the Pentagon, and resubmitted on June 1. It was finally received by the Air Force on or about June 6 according to Congressman Jerry Moran’s office who has been assisting with this effort for almost a year. Ms. Heffington had advised him months ago that she wanted the Medal to be awarded on July 27, 2010, which is 45 years to the day that her father was killed. As it turns out, this is also one week prior to the primary on August 3. Are Brownback and Tiahrt worried that a Medal of Honor award would give Ms. Heffington and Congressman Moran a boost in publicity to win their races? You be the judge…”
The release is a true cornucopia of issues, albeit not the issues others seem to be worrying about.