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Kansas Democrats Apologize

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Kansas Democratic Chair, Joan Wagnon: "Those were his personal opinions. They certainly aren't ours. And it doesn't reflect our support for the region or for our candidates down here."

The Kansas Democratic party was on the defensive today, cleaning up a mess left by their *now former* communications director, Dakota Loomis.

On a KU basketball forum, loomis reffered to southeast kansas as "poor, depressed, and getting worse". Specifically pointing out Cherryvale, Columbus, and Galena which were, as Loomis wrote, "top-3 contenders" for the "most crap-hole town in Kansas".

Galena Mayor, Dale Oglesby: "You know, every city in the state of Kansas has got issues, and we all have to struggle. But you know what? I think we're making great strides in Southeast Kansas."

The forum comment was quickly deleted. But after his employer, the Democratic party found out, Loomis was promptly suspended, then fired.

Wagnon: "I cannot have a spokesperson for the democratic party that would make a remark like that."

Democratic chair, Joan Wagnon, visited with local media - and area political leaders - to personally apologize.

While Kansas Democrats understand the frustration, they don't want Loomis' comments becoming a distraction for voters.

Wagnon: "It certainly isn't anything I would ever have said but we needed to get past that. We need to focus in the next three weeks on those things that are important for this election."

And while Mayor Oglesby say Kansas democratic party didn't reach out to him to offer an apology. He said none was needed.

Oglesby: "You know, the views that one person would express, even if it's done as a joke or if they really believe that; as far as having an impression on me, as far as the democrats go... To me it's all about the job that the people do that are doing the job."

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