FF12: Checking claims in Tim Huelskamp ad
A new campaign ad for Congressman Tim Huelskamp calls his opponent a lawbreaker.
The ad, that began airing Friday, highlights an incident a 2008 involving candidate Dr. Roger Marshall.
It begins with a 911 call:
Dispatcher: 911 Barton County what's the location of your emergency?
Caller: I’ve got doctor Marshall over here trespassing. He just about ran over me.
Huelskamp's campaign claims that's part of a 911 call made on May 9, 2008.
The incident led to Marshall being charged with battery and reckless driving - both misdemeanors.
The ad highlights the first charge: "Dr. Roger Marshall almost ran down and seriously injured his neighbor, and fled the scene of his crime."
FactFinder 12 requested the court documents. They show nearly three months later the battery charge was dropped. Marshall pleaded no contest to the reckless driving charge. He received a suspended jail sentence and was ordered to pay a $225 fine.
Two months later a court order changed the reckless driving charge and reduced it to "failure to exercise due care in regard to a pedestrian,” which is a traffic infraction and a $45 fine.
Marshall’s campaign did not directly respond to the ad but issued a written statements to FactFinder 12.
“Kansas voters are smarter than Tim Huelskamp thinks they are. Huelskamp can’t talk about what he's actually done in Congress because it’s a sad comedy of embarrassment: Zero bills passed since taking office, kicked off of the House Budget and Agriculture Committees, caught spending over $200,000 in taxpayer funded campaign mail, and a recently found college dissertation that insults every farmer in the state. Huelskamp is a scared career politician who has set a new land speed record to the campaign gutter,” says campaign manager Brent Robertson.
Factfinder 12 reached out to the victim in the case mentioned in the ad, but did not hear back.