Slanderous ads repulsive

Scripture says a man who bears false witness against his neighbor is like a war club, or a sword, or sharp arrow. (Proverbs 25: 18)

Nothing can be so injurious to an individual as to harm his good name or reputation.

This is what Gov. Sam Brownback has done to his opponent Paul Davis by allowing a cowardly group of unnamed Super Pac patrons to put up millions of dollars to pay for an inappropriate video shown during primetime when young children are watching TV. The video is repeated hourly.

This ad goes against all of the religious principles Brownback promotes, including one of the most important commandments of all, "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor."

When actual facts were missing from a pieced together report obtained illegally by a Brownback staffer, a script was written to create a distorted and deceptive storyline, followed by made-up video graphics of sexual scenes in an attempt to lead prospective voters to a false conclusion about an event that was totally blown out of proportion.

Brownback's' below-the-belt video attack boldly exaggerates and misrepresents the truth in a manner that implies the worst about his opponent.

This is not a new tactic by Brownback. He used it against members of his own party who didn't agree with him on the severe tax cut issues that are now coming home to roost as revenues start to tumble.

Former president of the Kansas Senate, and good friend, Steve Morris was targeted in his primary election with a vicious smear campaign that led to his defeat in 2012. Morris was a member of our Kansas State University Alumni Association Board of Directors when I was the executive director in the late 1970s, and is one of the most honest people you'll ever meet.

Yet he was thrown under the bus by Brownback. Davis fits that same category as Morris. Davis is an honest man with integrity and is well-respected, as was Morris, by his peers in the Legislature.

As you enter that voting booth, ask yourself, who would you rather have as your next governor? A governor who is willing to ruin his opponent's reputation just so he can win an election? Or, an honest man who will work with both sides of the aisle in the Legislature and lead Kansas out of the mess we are in? I will put my money on the honest man any day. I hope you will join me in electing Davis as our next governor.

Larry Weigel,

Manhattan