Teachers protest outside of Brownback event in Wichita

WICHITA, Kansas – Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is working to energize his conservative Republican political base with events featuring former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum.

Santorum called Brownback a warrior for conservative social and fiscal ideas during a rally Monday in Olathe.

Gov. Brownback and Rick Santorum talk to members of the media inside the Warren Theater Monday. (KSN Photo)
Gov. Brownback and Rick Santorum talk to members of the media inside the Warren Theatre Monday. (KSN Photo)

Another event took place Monday afternoon at the 13th Street Warren Theatre at a fundraising event.

The event drew several protesters representing and supporting the Kansas Teachers Union.

Many were carrying signs outside the Warren.

But after about a dozen or so showed up in red T-shirts, they were asked by security for the events including Wichita Police Department to get off the property and find a public place to protest or buy a ticket.

Inside, supporters of Governor Brownback met with Santorum and the governor.

KSN talked to teachers outside and Rick Santorum.

“It makes me feel great.  I think the typical Kansan supports education, and I think there will be a lot more people on our side than on the governor’s side,” said Dave Kirkbridge, South Central Kansas National Education Association.

“Unfortunately, and I say this unfortunately, the union activist and NEA or the KNEA are an adjunct of the democratic party, they are going to protest a republican governor because he’s there fighting for students and parents and local control of education,” said Rick Santorum, former presidential candidate.

Santorum also added at an early event Monday that the governor’s race in Kansas shouldn’t be close because of Brownback’s small government, low-tax philosophy and his opposition to abortion and gay marriage.

Santorum ran unsuccessfully for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.

Brownback casts the race between him and Democrat Paul Davis as a choice between Ronald Reagan-style conservatism and Barack Obama-style liberalism.

The Davis campaign issued a statement saying it’s looking for moderate, common sense policies.

Brownback also faces Wichita landscaping business owner Jennifer Winn in the Aug. 5 Republican primary.

ONLINE: 
Brownback re-election campaign: http://www.brownback.com/
Davis campaign: http://www.davisforkansas.com/
Winn’s campaign: http://winnforkansas.com/

 

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