A preview of the Kelly campaign ad about transgender athletes

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – A political ad from Governor Laura Kelly’s campaign has been pushed back by Republicans who say it doesn’t match his record on transgender athlete legislation.

The GOP is running an ad that addresses issues critical to conservatives.

First, take a look at Governor Kelly’s announcement, the focus is on the front lines.

Affirmation: “You may have seen my opponent’s attacks, so let me tell you. Of course, men shouldn’t play girls’ sports.

That’s the claim that Republicans have been shouting.

Here are the facts. Governor Kelly has vetoed two bills banning transgender female athletes from competing on women‘s or women’s sports teams. SB 160 in 2022 and SB 55 in 2021. It would be from elementary to college.

In April 2021, after vetoing the first version of the bill, here is what Governor Kelly told 12 News: “It is absolutely unnecessary, but more than that, it is hurtful and discriminatory. We have a total of five trans girls who participate in sports in the state of Kansas.

She told the Kansas City Star Editorial Board and journalists she still opposes these bills but was addressing a claim used by her opponent, saying men instead of boys. Governor Kelly said the use of the term boys would be the appropriate parallel to the age of girls – terms used to classify sports up to high school level since athletes play against people of their level or age.

Kelly also said that NCAA and KSHSAA have participation policies in place for transgender students, and that’s the governing body where this should be managed.

The Republican Governors Association has tried to make the GOP’s point of view on this issue.

One such commercial features former University of Kentucky swimmer Riley Gaines.

Gaines said in the ad, “Laura Kelly has vetoed laws to protect women and girls in sport, not once but twice.”

Sheathsa native of Tennessee before going to Kentucky, ended her varsity athletic swimming career this year.

In the ad, she opposes transgender athletes participating in women’s or women’s sports associated with their gender identity.

To claim; “In the pool he claimed a trophy that a woman had won. This needs to stop.

This requires context. In March, Gaines competed against transgender swimmer Lia Thomas along with a number of other female athletes.

Thomasfrom the University of Pennsylvania, transitioned from male to female.

Gaines and Thomas tied for fifth in the 200 freestyle final at the NCAA Women’s Championship.

Sheaths said as they shared the podium, Thomas received the only fifth-place trophy available for their round. Gaines said officials presented him with the sixth-place trophy and told him a fifth-place trophy would be sent to him later.

In addition to the Kansas ad, Gaines also appeared in an ad for U.S. Senator Rand Paul, who is running for re-election in Kentucky, talking about the same issue.

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