RELEASE: Susan Wagle sounds the alarm: Democrats are funding Dennis Pyle’s campaign to split conservative vote

TOPEKA – (November 3, 2022) – Former Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle today wrote a column, first seen in the Wichita Eagle, warning conservatives that national Democrats are spending large sums of money supporting Dennis Pyle’s third-party candidacy to try and influence the outcome of the governor’s race. 

The column is presented in its entirety below: 

Democrats are afraid they are about to lose the governor’s race and they’re desperately engaging in underhanded tactics to try and trick Kansans into giving Gov. Laura Kelly four more years, despite all her failures in the first four. 

News reports have surfaced this week that an organization called “American Center” has been sending mail pieces and buying radio ads in the Kansas governor’s race to attack our Republican nominee, Derek Schmidt, and benefit Sen. Dennis Pyle, an independent candidate on the ballot. 

Truth is, “American Center” is a Democrat front group that shares an office with Perkins Coie, the controversial Washington D.C. law firm used by Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election and one that has serviced many Democrats over the years. The organization is also using a well-known Democrat media buying firm to place its radio ads.

It’s clear as day what’s happening here. Seeing her chances at re-election slipping away, Kelly and her allies have calculated the only way they can win is trick enough conservative Kansans to throw away their vote on Tuesday. 

Make no mistake: a vote for any other candidate than Derek Schmidt is a vote for Laura Kelly.

Kansas conservatives curious about the mail and radio advertisements must consider the source of the information. Hillary Clinton’s law firm in Washington does not have Kansas’ best interests at heart. Washington Democrats propping up a spoiler do not want to advance our conservative movement. 

Derek Schmidt does. I’ve known Derek for a long time, and he’s a rock solid fighter who has been a great attorney general for our state. 

He’s endorsed by former President Donald Trump, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and many others across the America First movement who know he will be an incredible governor.

These Democrat-funded attacks focus on the issue of immigration. I would ask who you trust more on immigration – Donald Trump or the party of Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, and Laura Kelly that has flung our borders wide open. 

Trump wants you to vote for Derek. The Democrats don’t — that tells you about all you need to know. 

But that’s not all. Derek has been endorsed by the National Border Patrol Council, the union that represents the very Customs and Border Protection agents doing the Lord’s work patrolling our border every day and night keeping us safe. They have Derek’s back because they know he understands our Southern Border and Joe Biden abandoning his duty to protect it has invited crime and deadly drugs, like fentanyl, into our communities.

Every day, a Kansan dies from fentanyl poisoning. Derek has the experience fighting drug abuse and crime to be a great law and order governor. He certainly won’t dismiss the issue as “political games” like Laura Kelly. 

Since the day this independent candidate got into the governor’s race, he’s admitted that his intention is to split the conservative vote. Shrewd political operators knew he would receive support from Democrats, because after all, they were the ones who helped him get the petition signatures required to get on the ballot in the first place. It’s sad and desperate that liberals would resort to these kinds of dirty tricks. It’s a shame the candidate is playing along. 

It’s our job as conservatives to send them all a message. We do it by voting for Derek Schmidt to be our next Kansas governor. I will be and I hope you do too. 

Susan Wagle, a Wichita Republican, is former president of the Kansas Senate.