For Immediate Release
July 16, 2018
EMILYs List Statement on Greg Orman Aide’s Disparaging Comments
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A campaign associate of Greg Orman, independent candidate for Kansas governor, recently made several comments on Democratic candidate Laura Kelly’s campaign Facebook page questioning her qualifications for office. Christina Reynolds, vice president of communications at EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“Greg Orman’s chief aide is either ignorant, sexist, or both to accuse leader Laura Kelly of never holding a 'real' job. She’s a working mother who led a large state association before serving four terms as state senator and served as ranking member of the budget committee for over a decade. These attacks are not surprising from a campaign devoid of substance and a candidate who is clearly out of touch with lives of Kansas working families.”
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