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Former FHSU President 'Shocked And Disappointed' Over His Image Being Used In A Brownback Mailer

Former Fort Hays State University President Edward Hammond says he did not give permission for his image and words to be used on a campaign mailer supporting Republican Governor Sam Brownback.

Hammond said in an email Sunday that he was "shocked and disappointed" when he learned about it over the weekend.

The Kansas Republican Party produced the mailer. It quotes Hammond saying that "Overall, we are very pleased with the governor's budget recommendation."

Brownback campaign spokesman John Milburn referred questions to the state GOP.

Clay Barker, the Kansas Republican Party's executive director, said the party was "happy to highlight President Hammond's public statement" from a news story. Barker says there was "no implied endorsement."

Brownback is in a tight race for re-election with Democratic challenger Paul Davis.

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