Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Kansas Politics: GOP candidate Susan Wagle gets failing grade

By Diane Silver

Republican lieutenant governor candidate Susan Wagle didn't exactly wow them at a Wichita State University political science class yesterday.

Wagle told the class that the answer to rising tuition is packing the state Supreme Court with conservatives who wouldn't require the state to fully fund K-12 education and cutting taxes. The Wichita Eagle reports that one student was pleased with what he heard, but many others weren't.

The Eagle reports:
Afterwards, some students said they weren't really satisfied with Wagle's answers to their questions.

"I didn't get anything except, 'Get us elected,' " said Lizzie Bernhart. And she said she didn't have a problem with the Supreme Court stepping in to settle school funding issues.

"To me, as long as it (the money) gets to the schools where it belongs, I'm happy," she said. "If that's what it comes to because the Legislature won't cooperate, I'm fine with that."

Another student, Matt Goad, said he thought Wagle cares too much about lowering taxes and not enough about tuition.

"Taxes aren't going to be raised $2,500 like my tuition is," he said.

What I want to know is what Wagle was doing talking to a college class. While it is a good idea, in general, for politicians to meet with students, I would think it would be a better use of her time to appear before a larger audience.

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