08/25/10-by Bridgette P. LaVictoire
Dan Manning is running for the Kansas House of Representatives. An eight year veteran of the Army who was discharged under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Manning is openly gay. Unfortunately, unlike in Vermont where this is not an issue, in Kansas, it has been, Manning’s opponent, the incumbent Brenda Landwehr has not only been a vocal opponent of LGBT equality, but she has been using Manning’s sexual orientation against him. She apparently has used language which is considered too offensive to reprint.
As is evident in the situation in New York where weeks of hateful rhetoric lead to the attack of a Muslim cab driver, Landwehr’s rhetoric has started to give the less tolerant of her constituents ideas of violence. On Saturday, Manning found on his door a crude death threat cut out of the newspaper. It read:
“DISTRICT 91 Democrat Dan N. Manning, 29, production supervisor, manningforkansas.com”
“2010 State House Election”
According to Thomas Witt, Chairman of Kansas Equality Coalition:
The note is clearly an offensive way to use threats of deadly violence in an attempt to intimidate and silence Dan and his campaign and, by extension, our entire community and our interests in Topeka. Dan has no intentions of backing down and has seen this latest example of bigotry as proof that his campaign must go on. He and his campaign team’s resolve is now stronger than ever.
The Kansas Democratic Party has been less than open in their willingness to help Manning win. Witt has several ideas for how Kansans can help to make the Democrats in the state help Manning.