Kansas agency spokeswoman’s Facebook posting draws criticism

Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – The spokeswoman for the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services is facing criticism over a Facebook posting in which she used the phrase “slow learners” while criticizing a proposed voter registration program.

Agency Secretary Kari Bruffett said in an email Wednesday that spokeswoman Angela de Rocha’s posting wasn’t referring to the developmentally disabled. Bruffett said de Rocha was “stunned” by that interpretation.

The posting was on an Associated Press reporter’s Facebook page, under a link to a story about a proposal for a special course for college students struggling with voter registration requirements. The posting said, “Do we want these slow learners voting?”

Executive Director Tim Cunningham of the Chanute-based Tri-Valley Developmental Services called the comment offensive. Kansas Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley said disciplinary action should be considered.

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