TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – The Kansas Republican Party is criticizing an event aimed at boosting support among teachers for Democrat Paul Davis in the governor’s race because it was being held at a state Supreme Court justice’s home.
Tuesday’s evening barbecue was organized by Richard Green, who is a retired high school teacher and the husband of Justice Carol Beier.
A flyer for the event suggested that participants make a $20 donation.
Beier told The Associated Press she was not involved in setting up the event and was not attending. Neither Davis nor lieutenant governor candidate Jill Docking were attending.
Davis hopes to unseat Republican Gov. Sam Brownback in the November election. The Kansas GOP called the event inappropriate.
Davis spokesman Chris Pumpelly said the GOP is resorting to what he called “manufactured outrage.”