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Barnett vs Barnett

The Huelskamp campaign is running a new line of attack against Jim Barnett, accusing Barnett of flip-flopping on Kathleen Sebelius’ nomination to Health and Human Services Secretary.

The Huelskamp campaign for Congress announced today they will release a series of key issue differences called “Jim Barnett vs. Jim Barnett.” These issues will expose the fact that Barnett has taken multiple positions on nearly every major issue of the day – including his support for Kathleen Sebelius.

While Jim Barnett brags in his mail flyers that he opposed Kathleen Sebelius, he actually endorsed her as Secretary of Health and Human Services a little over a week before she accepted President Barack Obama’s nomination. Barnett told Congressional Quarterly’s Drew Armstrong on February 19 of last year that “I view the potential of her being secretary of Health and Human Services as a positive for Kansas and the nation.”

In a move reminiscent of Senator John Kerry’s famous flip-flop in 2004, Senator Jim Barnett flip-flopped his position on Sebelius’ nomination during an interview on June 25th of this year with the Kiowa County Signal, telling editor Mark Anderson “I would not vote for that nomination.”

Huelskamp spokesman David Ray said: “This is typical Jim Barnett – tell voters what they want to hear during campaign season, and then revert back to his liberal ways when he thinks they’re not paying attention. The question we have is this – which Jim Barnett is running for Congress?


About Jonathan Shorman

A journalism student at The University of Kansas and columnist for The University Daily Kansan.


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