To the editor:

I like Jeff Pitman. He is a good man and I admire that he moved back to Leavenworth after being gone for 25 years. However, I do not like Jeff’s politics.

In the 2016 campaign cycle, Jeff stated, “I intend to fight for fiscal responsibility – of raising revenues to pay our bills.”

On June 6, 2017, in a motion to override the governor’s veto, Jeff and his Democrat and RINO colleagues voted to raise our taxes in the biggest tax increase in state history. And to rub salt into the wound, Jeff voted to make that tax increase retroactive to January 2017.  

Then, when President Trump gave Americans a federal tax cut which should have resulted in more money in Kansan’s pockets, Jeff actually voted to divert our money to the state. That’s right – no tax windfall for us because they believe that they deserve our money more than we do.

And the 8,400 of Leavenworth’s lowest income residents who Gov. Brownback took off the state income tax rolls, Rep. Pittman voted to make our town’s poorest people start paying state tax again.  

Jeff voted to continue funding Planned Parenthood with our tax dollars.  

On the day Jeff was sworn into office in January 2017, he promised to fulfill his obligations as a state representative which included going to work at the statehouse during the 90 or so days of session each year.

But in 2017, Rep. Pittman was absent 10 days, missing 14 votes ranging from legislation concerning KPERS to appropriations to various state agencies.

In 2018, he was absent four days and missed eight votes. Rep. Jeff Pittman chose to vote “Present” instead of “Yea” or “Nay” 20 times.

Didn’t we send him to Topeka to make decisions on our behalf? I don’t know about you, but I don’t think “Present” is decisive.

Some of the important legislation that he refused to vote on was legislation regarding the enactment of the Crisis Intervention Act (relating to mental health), legislation regarding election offenses and electioneering crime changes and SB 30 which was a huge and controversial piece of legislation regarding state taxation. To date, he has provided no explanation for his actions or lack thereof.

Jeff Pittman claims to be “for Leavenworth” yet on all of these days, he left Leavenworth unrepresented.

Again, let me state, I like Jeff Pitman, but in my opinion, because I like him doesn’t mean I automatically vote for him. I have looked at Jeff’s record and I will be voting for Tony Barton. Kansas needs a conservative voice.