RELEASE: Brownbacker Ron Estes hides from the first of many debates

August 10, 2018
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Stephanie Yeager

Brownbacker Ron Estes hides from the first of many debates

WICHITA, Kan. – In an unsurprising move, Brownbacker Ron Estes yesterday skipped the first of many planned debates in Kansas' Fourth Congressional District.

The incumbent politician, known for avoiding every public debate during his close special election campaign, decided to dodge the planned Sept. 27 debate against Kansas veteran James Thompson, prompting the host, the Wichita State University Political Science department, to cancel.

"For more than a year, Kansans have been asking, 'Where's Ron Estes?'" said Thompson campaign spokeswoman Stephanie Yeager. "In his first campaign act of the general election, Estes decided to skip an open-to-the-public event with constituents. Kansans know Ron Estes is afraid to debate James Thompson and that's why he's panicked and already started smears."

The Thompson campaign recently released a general election poll showing the race within four points of likely voters, with Estes deeply underwater in favorability. Only 26 percent of likely voters view Estes favorably. 

"Ron Estes needs to show up or shut up," Yeager said. "A campaign is a job interview, and Estes, in turn, acts like he's entitled to it. The people of Kansas deserve better than a lying politician who hides from voters."


James Thompson is a progressive Democrat, U.S. Army veteran, and civil rights attorney from Wichita who is running for the Kansas 4th Congressional District seat currently held by Rep. Ron Estes. Mr. Thompson's platform focuses on fighting for Kansas families, education, employment and jobs training, America's veterans and security in the global marketplace.

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