Tuesday, July 17, 2012
EXCLUSIVE: "Moderate" Republican Says His Role as Parent Gives Him Edge, Fails to Mention His DUI Conviction and Other Arrests
Jason Leib, "moderate" Republican, is challenging conservative Brett Hildabrand in the Kansas 17th House district. Leib told the Shawnee Dispatch, despite his opponent's legislative experience, he is the correct choice for Kansans because of his experience as a husband and a father. He says that's something that is missing from his opponent's resume.
Leib went on to criticize Hildabrand's record of cutting taxes and reducing spending. He also stated he was dubious of attempts by the legislature and the governor to protect Kansans' health care freedoms. Another issue Leib finds himself at odds with Hildabrand on is abortion. Leib is pro-choice, saying his wife and daughters are intelligent enough to make their own decisions. His position on abortion seemingly puts him at odds with the majority of his constituents, as well as the majority of Americans.
It's strange that Jason Leib would try and use a family values argument against his opponent. Not because the life issue is central to family values voters, but because Leib's past is a less than stellar example of family values.
In 2003, Leib was arrested and plead guilty to DUI. He was also charged with driving the wrong direction on the road, but that charge was dismissed by prosecutors. In 1997, Leib was also arrested for giving alcohol to a minor. Those charges were also dismissed prosecutors.
I'm a firm believer in people being able to change and being given second chances. But when you are someone who is asking for that second chance, the last thing you should do is try and tout your family values as something that makes you more qualified to represent voters than your opponent. Instead, Leib would be advised to thank God every day that his actions didn't kill himself or someone else.