What on earth is Gov. Laura Kelly thinking?

The former state senator was elected to the governor’s office last year with a simple message. Allow us to summarize: I will clean up the mess left by former Gov. Sam Brownback. I will bring a no-nonsense, solutions-oriented approach to state government and work with everyone to make Kansas better.

That’s why news last week that Kelly was asking a court to remove her from a class-action lawsuit over the state’s treatment of children in foster care is so dismaying. Her lawyers argue that she doesn’t actually run the system and shouldn’t be sued.

The motion reads, according to Nomin Ujiyediin, of the Kansas News Service: “While Governor Kelly generally oversees her appointees’ administration of the foster care system, she does not enforce the statutes or regulations that control the Kansas foster care system.”

That might be true technically. But Kelly ran on assuming responsibility for the state and cleaning up its problems. To avoid it now, on this one particular highly charged issue, is a letdown.

Everyone understands that Kelly wasn’t governor when our state’s foster care problems developed. Short-timer Jeff Colyer was originally named in the suit, and he was scarcely in office. But as the state’s current chief executive, she needs to step up and work to fix the situation. It’s her job, and Kansas voters will hold her to account if she doesn’t.

What’s more, her administration seems to be ignoring a prime opportunity. The lawsuit itself doesn’t seek punitive revenge — it simply calls for the reform of system that nearly everyone in state government agrees is broken. As the News Service reported last year: “The organizations seek no financial damages. Rather, the suit calls for the agencies to put together a plan to fix the churning and mental health problems, and to see that it’s implemented.”

Indeed, why wouldn’t Gov. Kelly or her staff embrace the lawsuit, work with the litigants and craft a settlement in the best interests of state foster kids? Why wouldn’t a governor dedicated to cleaning up messes seize this chance to clean up one of the biggest messes left her?

In other words, the governor should take responsibility, accept her role and work on solutions. We’re not sure about Kelly’s motivations in this case, but they look more political than practical. And that’s profoundly disappointing.

Topeka Capital-Journal

(20) comments

Justice81

I support everything Governor Kelly does. What she does is absolutely Right! What Governor Kelly DOESN'T do, is absolutely Right. Any criticism of Governor Kelly is totally unwarranted! The People wanted GOVERNOR KELLY! The People support Governor Kelly. Criticism is just political. God chose Governor Kelly. God is NOT wrong!

grammy

Are you kidding, God did not choose Governor Kelly.

Aim_High

Actually you're wrong. I just prayed and God spoke unto me, and as he spoke, the Spirit came into me and raised me to my feet. I was standing straight up, scared like a baby as God was floating before me. God then looked me in the eye, and said he did in fact choose Governor Kelly.

Justice81

Amen!

Justice81

I just took a page from Trump, who said God Chose him.

SeanRanklin

I mean technically grammy is right; God did not pick Kelly to be our governor, people with an IQ above 12 went out and voted for her. I prayed a friend of mine would not have a miscarriage, but they did. god must of hated that baby, but he must of saw something in Stalin, Hitler, etc.

Aim_High

What? You don't believe me? You have no faith! :P

Gary Lukert

Yes, God did choose Governor Kelly!

SnowGypsy

God would not choose a candidate that supported abortion. Kelly is exercising her "freewill" in supporting it, and as promised "one will reap what they sow". Considering that she feels that children can be thrown in the trash through abortion, those living may not mean much to her. Supporting the death of an unborn human baby has to really contribute to having a stone cold heart. Some have a hard time dealing with the idea that they have ended the life of another through abortion, and they will cling to the notion that abortion is "healthcare". Kelly is a loser, going nowhere fast, and God-willing will only have one term.

SeanRanklin

Snow: Love the projection - Gov Kelly wants the government out of abortion rulings = she does not care about kids and has a stone cold heart.

SnowGypsy

She made a few promises. I suspect she doesn't see foster care as important since those kids aren't actually voters yet. I am sure that she has a specific agenda related to her campaign donors, 1/3 of which were in Kansas. I had read that she was trying to wash her hands of the foster care system, and I think it has to do with her priorities.

Justice81

You are just a political hack!

Justice81

You don't care about Decency, Honesty!

SeanRanklin

This comment is actually projection and pretty damning. Where are the facts that she does not care about the "care" about the foster system. Where is the article saying she is "wash[ing] her hands" of the foster system. SnowGypsy logic (favorite segment of the day) complains that Kelly recieves money from citizens of United States, but does not complain when Trump uses his job in attempt to get information on a political opponent. Complains about the Hilary email saga, but no complaint about Nikki Haley using private server for emails. Complains that others are not presenting facts, then proceeds to make bold claims without facts or evidence to back them up.

I think this comment actually crosses the line it is actually a lie and violates the being truthful section of the comments.

Aim_High

Where was all this concern of yours about these foster kids during the Brownback years? Why wait until a Democrat is in office to suddenly start caring? Maybe it is you who has the specific agenda. It takes a real scumbag of a person to use foster children as a political tool.

SeanRanklin

SnowGypsy logic: "When I am called out for my ill informed thoughts I should claim that those oppose my beliefs have liberal tears. Nobody could make a comeback that could and it will ensure that I presented an idea better than the other side. Yeah that'll work!"

Gary Lukert

When it comes to Children, the only thing Republican Politicians care about it Abortion. Once the baby is born, Republican Politicians care absolutely nothing about Children's welfare. Absolutely NOTHING!

SeanRanklin

You are correct. 3 types of stances 1. Pro-Birth 2. Pro-Life 3. Pro-Choice

Most SnowGypsy cultist are #1 where they want the baby born, but as soon as it's born they complain about their tax dollars going to or possibly going towards welfare so the baby can survive if it is in a bad situation like that. Pro-life people theoretically recognize abortions as killing, but should promote contraception, education, etc. as well as programs to ensure the baby has a chance to overcome its potentially bad situation.

SnowGypsy

Seriously, go back and read the article. It is Governor Kelly who wants to "wash her hands" of the train wreck that the foster care system is in Kansas. Governor Kelly is a Democrat. I have heard what you are saying before, and repeating it won't make it true!

SeanRanklin

Snow: Lol go back and read my comment correctly haha. I asked you to provide evidence of Gov Kelly not you. She was referring to Kelly haha. You still have not provided evidence haha. You here me present facts and legitimate questions, but you ignore all of them haha.

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