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KS State Rep. Menghini speaks out against area billboards

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Kansas State Representative Julie Menghini says some billboards attacking her run for another term as state representative are a disservice to her, voters, and her opponent.

Menghini says billboards like one on Broadway Street in Pittsburg manipulate people into thinking she doesn't support area schools, and area schools don't support her.  Another billboard in Pittsburg uses Pitt State colors and its mascot.  But Pitt State officials say the university is not against any candidate.

Menghini says the billboard's sponsor, The Kansas Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee, or PAC, has lost credibility.

"The PAC is a separate entity (from the Kansas Chamber of Commerce) that separate dollars go into.  However, because they are so closely related and work together, probably, on these types of things, they have lost a tremendous amount of credibility in the state of Kansas," says Menghini.

Menghini says The Kansas Chamber of Commerce PAC used similar messages with she ran for representative in 2010.

"This time around, a lot of folks remember what happened last time.  And it's that old fool me once shame on you.  Fool me twice shame on me.  And they're (voters) not buying it this time.  They know I work for education.  They know that I'm a Pitt State fan," says Menghini.

The Kansas Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee defends the billboards by saying Pittsburg voters have a right to know about Menghini's voting record.

Menghini says the only times she's voted against certain education bills is when those bills had stipulations that she opposed.

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