Second College Pulled Into Politics
KSAL Staff - November 2, 2014 10:41 am
A campaign flyer has another university official in Kansas explaining that he is not endorsing a candidate.
Fort Hays State University President Emeritus Edward Hammond is issuing a statement after his photo and a quote from him appeared on a campaign flyer/mailer that was sent by the Kansas Republican Party endorsing Governor Brownback. The campaign piece had Hammond’s image and a quote from him. Hammond says that he was not contacted by the campaign or party asking for his permission. He wants to make it clear that he is not endorsing any candidate in this election.
“I am sorry to be communicating in this manner; however, I am in China on University business. I was made aware of a political flyer from the Kansas Republican Party endorsing Governor Brownback which had my image and a quote from me. It is University policy that state employees may not officially endorse a candidate in any election. During my tenure as President of Fort Hays State University and in my current role as President-Emeritus, I have never endorsed a political candidate in an election and I am not endorsing any candidate now. No one asked for my permission to use my image, nor my words on this specific campaign mailer and I feel it is important that the public knows any such use of said images or words does not constitute an endorsement from me.”
Kansas State University is dealing with a similar issue, after Republican Senator Pat Roberts campaign used video and images of football Coach Bill Synder in a campaign ad. The school addressed the issue on Friday, and Snyder addressed it Saturday night following K-State’s victory over Oklahoma State. Snyder said “I made a mistake” and that he “embarrassed our university”. When asked if he wanted Roberts’ campaign team to remove the ad, Snyder repeated the question before answering “yes” twice.