By MARY CLARKIN

Special to The Hays Daily News

Congressional candidate Jim Sherow criticized U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., for voting against the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

A Kansan becomes a victim of domestic violence approximately every 22 minutes, and one in five men has admitted to physically abusing a wife or girlfriend, a press release from the Sherow campaign said.

As mayor, Sherow "fought to keep emergency shelters open in Manhattan," the release said.

Sherow, a Democrat, would work with others "to pass legislation designed to provide services to these victims, and to educate and stop the spread of abuse," the release said.

The Kansas delegation split evenly in 2013 on the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, which provides funding for law enforcement and programs.

In the Senate, where Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., was a co-sponsor of the bill, it passed 78-22, with Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., voting no.

In the House, Huelskamp and Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., voted no, while Reps. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan., and Kevin Yoder, R-Kan., voted yes. It passed 286-138.

After passage, the Hill reported "a number of House conservatives are unhappy" with House Republican leadership's decision to move forward with the Senate bill, which passed with House Democrats and moderate Republicans voting for it, thus blocking alternative action from conservatives.

Huelskamp spokesman Mark Kelly said the Congressman sided with Concerned Women for America, the nation's largest public policy women's organization, in opposing the bill as written.

CWA's President Penny Young Nance wrote, "Women deserve better than a bill with a good name and empty promises."

She also wrote the legislation had "morphed into a series of rigid and ineffective law enforcement programs that continue to spend approximately $400 million a year."

Voters in the First District want good jobs, "not the failed Obama policies hurting the 22.7 million people looking for a full-time job. They want our borders secure, especially against terrorism and health threats, including Ebola," Kelly said.

Sherow is "simply trying to distract voters from understanding that he is a liberal," Kelly said.