You might envision Kansas as a peaceful place: blue skies, golden wheat fields, cattle grazing in pastures, old-fashioned small towns, and people driving pickup trucks and waving to strangers.
But things are getting ugly on the political landscape in the Sunflower State.
Yesterday, a Kansas Republican official launched a racist, homophobic attack on social media against Sharice Davids, the Democratic candidate for Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District in the U.S. House.
Davids, an attorney and a former professional mixed martial arts fighter, won the Democratic nomination in August and is now running against Kevin Yoder, the Republican incumbent. If Davids prevails, she will become the first lesbian Native American to serve in the U.S. Congress. And recent polls show that she will do just that.
Apparently, at least one member of the Kansas GOP can’t handle the thought of Davids winning the seat.
According to The Kansas City Star, Michael Kalny, a precinct committeeman in Shawnee, posted a nasty Facebook message to Anne Pritchett, president of the Johnson County Democratic Women’s north chapter, in which he attacked Davids.
“Little Ms. Pritchett- you and your comrades stealth attack on Yoder is going to blow up in your leftist face,” Kalny wrote. “The REAL REPUBLICANS will remember what the scum DEMONRATS tried to do to Kavanaugh in November. Your radical socialist kick boxing lesbian Indian will be sent back packing to the reservation.”
The Star also reported that approximately 50 exclamation points followed the end of Kalny’s message.
It’s kind of amazing how Kalny crammed misogyny, anti-feminism, homophobia, anti-socialism, partisan vitriol, and the defense of a judge accused multiple times of sexual misconduct into one 50-word Facebook rant. But what’s sad is this was not posted by some random hater. It was written by someone who takes an active role in local politics, a precinct leader in Johnson County.
Deb Haaland, the Democratic U.S. House candidate in New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District, tweeted a message of support for Davids:
“I am proud to be running alongside @sharicedavids to be the first Native American women elected to Congress. With more Indigenous people in office, we can make progress for all Indigenous communities and to remind the United States that we are still here and our identity is valid.”
Just a day before that hateful Facebook message, Davids was endorsed by former Vice President Joe Biden.
“The people of Kansas deserve a representative who understands their concerns and shares their struggles,” Biden said. “Sharice lives those struggles herself and has focused her career on creating opportunities for middle-class families to get ahead. That work will continue in Congress, where Sharice will reach across the aisle to get things done for her district and our country. She’ll work hard to expand access to healthcare, to protect people with pre-existing conditions, and to make sure everyone has opportunities to succeed.”
President Obama endorsed her one week earlier.
If you’re ready to flip the House from red to blue next month, consider donating to Sharice David’s campaign, which will help to ensure her victory.
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