Dem Kansas Governor Laura Kelly slammed for backing taxpayer-funded 'all ages' DRAG SHOW

Dem Kansas Governor Laura Kelly slammed for backing taxpayer-funded 'all ages' DRAG SHOW
Laura Kelly (L) was slammed after it was revealed that taxpayer dollars helped fund all-ages drag event 'Dada Ball' (Governor Laura Kelly/Facebook and Chainlink Gallery Place/Facebook)

WICHITA, KANSAS: Kansas Republicans have blasted Democrat Governor Laura Kelly and her administration after it was revealed that taxpayer dollars helped fund an all-ages Halloween drag event over the weekend. The Daily Mail obtained images of scantily-clad drag performers dancing in front of adults and young children at the Wichita event. 

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The event, called 'DADA Ball', was advertised as "a free, all-ages evening of music, fashion, drag & dancing!" The backers of the event included the Kansas Creative Arts & Industries Commission, which is a part of the state Department of Commerce. Kelly’s lieutenant governor, David Toland, leads the department, which has denied having funded the drag show. 

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According to the website called Laura Kelly for Governor, "Governor Laura Kelly brings together both parties to get things done for Kansas. Laura has brought jobs, businesses, opportunities, and record economic success to Kansas. She’s balanced the budget, fully funded schools, and is fighting for tax cuts for every Kansan."

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Kelly is now on a re-election bid in the conservative state against Republican state Attorney General Derek Schmidt. Upon learning of the event, the Kansas Republican Party called it "shocking" and said it was proof of Kelly's "liberal" leanings. "​​Laura Kelly’s state-funded “all-ages” drag show proves that despite what her glossy campaign ads portray, she really is that liberal," the state GOP Executive Director Shannon Pahls told the Daily Mail. "It is shocking to those of us in Kansas to discover that our taxpayer dollars funded the exposure of explicit sexual themes to children. Laura Kelly and her entire administration need to go," he added.

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In a statement, Kansas Commerce spokesman Patrick Lowry denied the state government's involvement in funding the event. "This is blatantly wrong. Neither the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission nor the Kansas Department of Commerce sponsored the DADA Ball event that took place on October 22, nor did they give a relevant grant to any of the sponsoring organizations," Lowry said.

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According to allevents.in, 'Dada Ball' is a free, all-ages event. "Inspired by avant-garde art movements & led by Queen of the Ball Teri Mott, the Dada Ball is a unique opportunity to both experience & be a part of local art & performance," the website reads.

Republicans in the House of Representatives sought to ban federal funding for such events earlier this month. They sought to ban them with a bill called the 'Stop the Sexualization of Children Act'. 

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