Every two years we are reminded how politics brings out the worst in people, negative campaigning, character assassinations, shading the truth, and just plain lying.

To the editor:
Every two years we are reminded how politics brings out the worst in people, negative campaigning, character assassinations, shading the truth, and just plain lying. I always hoped that Kansas was a bit above that, but alas, it seems that one of our politicians running for the 5th District state senate seat has lowered the bar.

In one of her recent mailers, Kelly Kultala alleged that her opponent, candidate Steve Fitzgerald, was receiving the support of "out-of-state special interest" groups. If it were true, it would be a big concern. The problem is that it isn't true. If you look at Mr. Fitzgerald's campaign finance filing with the Secretary of State, it shows that the only out-of-state money he has received has been from three of his family members for a grand total of just over $1,000. On the other hand, Ms. Kultala's filing shows that she has received a total in excess of $5,000 from seven out-of-state sources, among them:

DCP Midstream - an energy company in DenverCarpenter's District Council of Greater St Louis VicinityHeavy Constructor's Association - Kansas City, MissouriKansas City Power and Light - Kansas City, MissouriCitizens for Higher Education - Kansas City, MissouriSo not only is what Ms. Kultala said patently false, she is apparently receiving special interest money herself to pad her campaign coffers.
When politicians shade the truth, it is irritating. But when they start telling bold-face lies, it is just sickening. Our Leavenworth-Wyandotte County community and Kansans deserve better leadership.