Edward Hammond, the former president of Fort Hays State University, who is still doing work for the institution, issued a statement Sunday in which he said he never gave permission for his image and for a quote to be used in a mailing by the campaign of Governor Sam Brownback, a Republican facing a tight re-election battle, the Associated Press reported.
The statement from Hammond said that he was "shocked and disappointed," and that he didn't endorse candidates in his university role nor would he do anything that appeared to be an endorsement. The Brownback campaign referred questions to the state Republican Party, which paid for the ad, where an official said that the party was "happy to highlight" a quote from Hammond saying that he was satisfied with the budget plan for the university.
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