Kansas Democrat Gov. Laura Kelly rapidly returned to denying biologic world aft receiving backlash for releasing an advertisement stating: “of people men should not play girls’ sports.”
Kelly took vigor from some sides of the governmental aisle for her advertisement — those connected the near felt she had not been loyal capable to the religion of sex ideology, portion Republicans accused her of trying to “have it some ways.” Kelly’s GOP opponent, Derek Schmidt, was speedy to constituent retired that Kelly’s advertisement claims were contrary to the information that she vetoed authorities protecting women and girls’ sports not once, but twice.
Liberal Laura Kelly, successful a hopeless caller ad, says “of course” men should not play women’s sports.
But she vetoed Fairness successful Women’s Sports TWICE.
She's been with Biden connected this for years, present astatine reelection clip she lies.
Kansans cognize it, and volition ballot her out. pic.twitter.com/j7RhExO5eM
— Derek Schmidt (@DerekSchmidtKS) September 21, 2022
The susceptible incumbent agreed to an interview with the The Kansas City Star‘s editorial board, successful which she quickly “clarified” that she really does deliberation males should beryllium capable to play connected pistillate sports teams.
According to the report:
[Kelly] denied that her advertisement was specifically targeted astatine transgender student-athletes erstwhile fixed the illustration of a 16-year-old precocious schoolhouse student. Instead, she claimed her advertisement was talking astir ‘a antheral implicit the property of 18’ who wanted to vie with girls — implying that her comments were astir property alternatively than conscionable sex identity. “The advertisement that I enactment retired was to respond to the misleading attacks that my hostile has enactment retired that I favour letting men play successful girls sports,” Kelly claimed. “I person ne'er said that.”
Kelly further doubled down, saying “the bills that [she] vetoed were discriminatory.”
“They were besides designed by politicians. If this had travel from the Kansas High School Activities Association, which is the governing assemblage for sports successful our schools, I would person addressed it differently,” she continued.
In stark contrast, Schmidt has promised to motion the Fairness successful Women’s Sports Act wrong his archetypal 100 days successful bureau if helium is elected governor.
I tin accidental with nary uncertainty that biologic men should not beryllium sharing locker rooms with pistillate athletes oregon competing successful girls' sports.
Kansas Legislature: nonstop the Fairness successful Women's Sports Act to my table w/in the archetypal 100 days I’m successful office. Unlike Gov Kelly, I'll motion it! pic.twitter.com/PqaH9aCFwK
— Derek Schmidt (@DerekSchmidtKS) September 1, 2022
She’s incorrect to reason the Fairness successful Women’s Sports Act and she’s incorrect to mislead Kansans astir her existent presumption successful her tv ad. My presumption is crystal wide – pistillate athletes successful women's and girls sports should not beryllium required to vie against biologic males.
— Derek Schmidt (@DerekSchmidtKS) September 23, 2022
At slightest Governor Kelly is present being honorable astir her presumption connected this contented with her friends connected the Kansas City Star editorial board, but she ought to archer the information to Kansas voters. She’s incorrect to reason the Fairness successful Women’s Sports Act and she’s incorrect to mislead Kansans astir her existent presumption successful her tv ad. My presumption is crystal wide – pistillate athletes successful women’s and girls sports should not beryllium required to vie against biologic males.
The Republican Governors Association besides slammed Kelly for promoting 2 contradictory views wrong the span of a fewer days.
“Democrat Laura Kelly believes athletes calved biologic males should stock locker rooms and beryllium capable to vie with girls and women successful sports, and that presumption is retired of interaction with nearly 2 thirds of Americans,” said RGA spokesperson Joanna Rodriguez. “Kelly looked into a TV camera and told Kansans a lie, and she’s not atrocious astir it due to the fact that she’s consenting to bash immoderate it takes to springiness radical, woke activists a accidental to power Kansas schools.”