Emma Sullivan of Prairie Village, Kansas, will not be apologizing to Governor Sam Brownback for tweeting on a school trip to the capital that he’s not her kind of guy. Instead, Governor Sam Brownback has said he’s sorry for his staff’s overreaction to the high school senior’s tweet. “I also want to thank the thousands of Kansas educators who remind us daily of our liberties, as well as the values of civility and decorum,” Governor Brownback said, in a statement.
The prize for clarity goes to Jezebel for getting why a high school kid in Kansas might object to having Sam Brownback in charge:
Sullivan points to his veto of the Kansas Arts Commission’s entire budget, which makes Kansas the only state in the country to eliminate arts funding and Brownback the living embodiment of Sue Sylvester. Plus, he believes homosexuality is immoral and has consistently voted against gay rights, and signed into law a number of insane anti-abortion measures in the state, including a “fetal pain” ban on abortion after 21 weeks and the attempt to make Kansas the first state with no abortion providers due to inadequately sized janitor’s closets. To be fair, we’ve never met the Governor, so we can’t confirm that “in person #heblowsalot.” However, we’re willing to take Sullivan’s word for it.
Think of it as Emma Sullivan’s second draft. For those not in Kansas, the thing about the Arts Commission might seem obscure. Producer Rebekah Dryden, a Kansas native, points out that in many parts of her state, the Arts Commission is the only cultural anything around.