Kansas Democratic Governor Laura Kelly quickly returned to bio-denying after receiving backlash for posting an ad stating, “Of course, men shouldn’t play girl sports.
Kelly took heat from both sides of the political aisle for her publicity – those on the left felt she had not been loyal enough to the religion of gender ideology, while Republicans accused her of trying to “play it both ways”. Kelly’s GOP opponent, Derek Schmidt, was quick to point out that Kelly’s publicity claims run counter to the fact that she vetoed legislation protecting women’s and women’s sports not one, but two time.
Liberal Laura Kelly, in a desperate new ad, says “of course” men shouldn’t play women’s sports.
But she has vetoed fairness in women’s sport TWICE.
She’s been with Biden on this for years, now at re-election time she’s lying.
The Kansans know this and will reject it. pic.twitter.com/j7RhExO5eM
— Derek Schmidt (@DerekSchmidtKS) September 21, 2022
The vulnerable incumbent agreed to an interview with the The Kansas City Starin which she quickly “clarified” that she actually thinks men should be able to play on women’s sports teams.
According to the report:
[Kelly] denied that his ad specifically targeted transgender student-athletes when given the example of a 16-year-old high school student. Instead, she claimed her ad was about “a man over 18” who wanted to compete with girls, implying that her comments were about age rather than gender identity. “The ad I put out was in response to my opponent’s misleading attacks that I prefer to let men play in women’s sports,” Kelly said. “I never said that.”
Kelly doubled down again, saying “the bills that [she] vetoes were discriminatory.
“They were also designed by politicians. Had it come from the Kansas High School Activities Association, which is the governing body for athletics in our schools, I would have approached the matter differently,” she continued.
In stark contrast, Schmidt has promised to sign the Women’s Sports Equity Act into law within the first 100 days of his term if elected governor.
I can say unequivocally that biological men should not share locker rooms with female athletes or participate in female sports.
Kansas Legislature: Send the Women’s Sports Equity Act to my office within the first 100 days of my term. Unlike Gov Kelly, I will sign him! pic.twitter.com/PqaH9aCFwK
— Derek Schmidt (@DerekSchmidtKS) September 1, 2022
She’s wrong to oppose the Women’s Sports Equity Act and she’s wrong to mislead Kansans about her true position in her TV ad. My position is crystal clear: female athletes in women’s and women’s sports should not be forced to compete against biological men.
— Derek Schmidt (@DerekSchmidtKS) September 23, 2022
At least Governor Kelly is now honest about her stance on this issue with her friends on the Kansas City Star editorial board, but she should tell Kansas voters the truth. She’s wrong to oppose the Women’s Sports Equity Act and she’s wrong to mislead Kansans about her true position in her TV ad. My position is crystal clear: female athletes in women’s and women’s sports should not be forced to compete against biological men.
The Republican Governors Association also criticized Kelly for promoting two conflicting views in the span of a few days.
“Democrat Laura Kelly believes that born-male athletes should share locker rooms and be able to compete with girls and women in sports, and that position is out of touch with nearly two-thirds of Americans,” the spokeswoman said. of the RGA, Joanna Rodriguez. “Kelly looked into a TV camera and told Kansans a lie, and she’s not sorry about that because she’s willing to do whatever it takes to give radical and woke activists a fighting chance. influence Kansas schools.”