A Democratic candidate in the Wichita area's hotly contested congressional race declined Tuesday to pull a television ad that Republicans claim misleads voters about his opponent's view on jobs.


A Democratic candidate in the Wichita area's hotly contested congressional race declined Tuesday to pull a television ad that Republicans claim misleads voters about his opponent's view on jobs.

At issue in Raj Goyle's commercial is a short video clip from a May 4 question-and-answer session in which Republican candidate Mike Pompeo responds to a question about whether he had any plan to use his position to bring jobs back to Kansas.

The ad includes just this snippet of his response: "My role as I see it in Congress is not to bring jobs back to Kansas ... fundamentally not my job."

Republicans contend that clip is misleading because it does not include the rest of the quote: "My job is to create the environment where y'all can go create the next great company and create jobs, or Sentry International can, or Cessna or Spirit or Learjet. The federal government is not a job creator. It is a job destroyer — every time."

Local Republican leaders called a news conference Tuesday in which they complained Goyle's ad "crosses the line of acceptable political discourse."

"This type of calculated deception cannot be tolerated," said Mark Kahrs, Republican 4th District chairman.