A Democratic congressional candidate and the Kansas Republican Party are trading barbs over some comments about education. The Republican Party released a video today (WED) showing comments made in July by 2nd District Democratic candidate Tobias Schlingensiepen (SHLING-en-zee-pen). KPR’s Stephen Koranda has more.
In the video, Schlingensiepen says he’s branded an elitist by his opponents because he has a college education. Kansas Republican Party chair Amanda Adkins says Schlingensiepen should apologize to people in the district who don’t have college degrees. She says some people without degrees are running small businesses and farms and working to rebuild manufacturing. Schlingensiepen says they are putting a political spin on his comments. He told reporters he values education, but he's no different from people who chose options other than college. Schlingensiepen is challenging Republican Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins.
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Also running in the district is Libertarian Dennis Hawver.
In the video, Schlingensiepen says "I went a semester to Washburn then graduated from the University of Kansas in 1986 with a Bachelor in Classical Languages. So I'm now officially branded as an elitist by the opposition ... I actually have an education."