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Emma O’Brien
emma@kansasdems.org

October 5, 2021

GOP CHAIRMAN KUCKELMAN REVISES STATEMENT ON GOP SEXUAL ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS; SCHMIDT, ADKINS REMAIN SILENT

Shawnee Mission Post: “A release from the police department that accompanied the report noted that the reporting party requested the incident be documented while she considered her options. The department then created a criminal report” 

KDP: “He’s since changed his tune, but it’s too little too late. Kuckelman and the Kansas GOP sent a strong message to survivors that they are not to be believed or heard” 

Topeka, KS – Johnson County Republican Chair Fabian Shepard has been accused of sexually assaulting a GOP colleague at an anti-choice event in August, and the complainant, Stephanie Cashion, has filed a police report, the Shawnee Mission Post reports.

As the Kansas Democratic Party previously noted, responses to the incident from prominent members of the Kansas Republican party have ranged from complete silence to outright contempt for the victim. Attorney General Derek Schmidt, current frontrunner in the Republican primary for Governor, as well as Amanda Adkins, previously failed candidate for Kansas’ Third Congressional District running for the same seat again, have both notably remained silent on the issue.

On the flip side, Kansas Republican Party Chair Mike Kuckelman initially issued an offensive statement, referring to the incident between Cashion and Shepard as a “he said/she said,” which The Kansas City Star Editorial Board translated to “I don’t care to know.” He has since tried to run from his initial disastrous statement, now claiming to take the allegations “very seriously,” although the timing makes it clear he’s just trying to cover his tracks after increased public scrutiny.

Yesterday, the KDP called on Schmidt to investigate the allegations in his official role as Attorney General, a call that remains unanswered.

“By refusing to launch an investigation, Derek Schmidt has abdicated his duty as the state’s top law enforcement officer,” said KDP spokesperson Emma O’Brien. “Similarly, Adkins and other Republican leaders have failed to condemn, or even so much as acknowledge Shepard’s actions. While their silence is deafening, even worse perhaps is Kansas GOP Chairman Mike Kuckelman’s initial hostility towards one of his own. He’s since changed his tune, but it’s too little too late. Kuckelman and the Kansas GOP sent a strong message to survivors that they are not to be believed or heard.”

Read more coverage on the allegations against Johnson County GOP Chair Shepard below:

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