Senator Barbara Bollier’s entire campaign for the US Senate is based on a fiction that she hopes no one will dispute. As a member of the Johnson County delegation to the Kansas Legislature who served alongside Bollier for nearly a decade, I would like to present the truth.
I’m talking about working across the aisle from experience. My work on mental health issues and crisis stabilization centers with Democratic State Representative Kathy Wolfe Moore has earned us both national recognition from the National Behavioral Health Council, which gave us the award. Excellence in Advocacy by an elected official in 2018. It was the first time that a Kansas civil servant received this award. My work on a bipartisan health care access bill with Governor Laura Kelly garnered national attention and respect for producing a robust solution for affordable health care in Kansas.
However, Bollier is not a moderate. She doesn’t reach the aisle. A moderate would have voted for the bipartisan COVID-19 relief bill enacted by Kelly in June. Bollier voted no.
A moderate would have voted for the 2019 budget measure that included the historic bipartisan deal to restore school funding and satisfy the Kansas Supreme Court in the Gannon case. Bollier voted no.
A moderate would have voted for reasonable measures such as requiring licenses and inspections for abortion clinics to ensure patient safety and accountability. Bollier voted no.
A moderate would agree with 79% of Americans that late abortions should be prohibited. Bollier voted no, taking the position considered still too extreme by two thirds of Americans in favor of the right to abortion. In fact, she is voted against every restriction on abortion considered in its ten years in Topeka. Voting 100% of the time for only one side of a question is, by definition, not moderated.
A moderate would never cast the only dissenting vote against a law strengthening penalties for failure to report child abuse. Bollier stood alone and voted no, while his 123 colleagues all voted yes.
Would a moderate inaccurately defame long-standing and sincere Catholic beliefs as “sick discrimination” and “fanaticism?” Bollier did so in a speech to the Kansas Senate. You can see the video for yourself on YouTube if you don’t believe me.
Each of these examples places Bollier well outside the mainstream in Kansas. Now, less than two years after she repudiated the Republican Party, she made the cynical calculation that she can use her old party affiliation to deceive enough conservative Republicans to be part of it. This is a slight change in strategy she employed from 2010 to 2018, when she called herself a Republican on the ballot while supporting far-left Democratic politics, voting with the Democrats 90% of the time in Topeka.
Voting 9 times out of 10 with one political party while claiming to be a member of the other is not moderate, it is dishonest. Air TV commercials touting the “bipartisan” endorsements of many of the same so-called Republicans who have backed Democrats ever since. several electoral cycles is dishonest too. Voters deserve to know that virtually everyone on the list likely voted for Paul Davis, Hillary Clinton and Laura Kelly, and is likely considering voting for Joe Biden.
Bollier and his campaign consultants also decided to brag about his supposed work across the aisle to get things done. They hope no one will point out that in 10 years as a member of the Kansas legislature, she never got a single bill passed. Not a single one, and certainly not a touted bill on medical billing.
The Bollier campaign uses millions of dollars it raised in California and New York with the help of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to claim that it “led the charge” of surprise medical billing to the Kansas Legislature. A short internet search reveals that his bill, SB 357, received no cosponsor, was not debated and died in the committee where it was presented.
In what world isn’t convincing a single member of the Kansas Senate to join your efforts the same as being a leader?
Barbara Bollier is leading an alternative reality campaign. These are just the facts.
Republican Jim Denning is from Kansas Majority leader in the Senate.