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Phelps announces he will not attend political forum

9/11/2012

Rep. Eber Phelps, D-Hays, who serves in District 111 of the Kansas House of Representatives, announced Tuesday morning he would not be attending the Big First Tea Party political forum that evening.

In a news release, Phelps said he would instead attend church services in the afternoon on the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and not go to "a political event that is intended to capitalize on the tragedy."

"There are plenty of opportunities to engage in partisan politics, but the anniversary of the worst disaster to strike the American people in this century is not one of them," Phelps said in the statement. "I would encourage others to attend the church of their choice and remember the many innocent people who lost their lives."