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Spotlight On: Chris Masoner


Chris Masoner went to law school. He’s familiar with the U.S. Constitution’s Supremacy Clause, which states that federal law “shall be the supreme Law of the Land.”

So, a recent campaign mailer failed to fool him. The flier claimed a proposed amendment to Kansas’ Constitution would have allowed residents “to vote to opt-out of Obama’s new health care law.”

“It’s just not true,” Masoner said.

Masoner, 39, of Lenexa, Kan., sent the campaign mailer and a similar one from the same group to Spin Detectors. We found both to be misleading.

“Whether you agree with the policy of the Affordable Care Act or not is one matter,” said Masoner, a lifelong Republican who supports one of the candidates targeted by the mailers. “But at least use facts and reason. The mailers are not being truthful with constituents or voters.”

– Ben Finley

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