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    Filed at 3:18 pm under by dcobranchi

    No heft in this political novice.

    An Overland Park Republican’s ties to a conservative group opposing government support of education has become a dividing issue in the 24th District state representative race.

    Political newcomer Ray Parker, a 53-year-old computer technician, signed a proclamation on the Alliance for the Separation of School & State’s Web site, www.honested.com. The proclamation states: “I proclaim publicly that I favor ending government involvement in education.”

    Parker is one of 213 Kansans who have signed the proclamation.

    Parker said when he signed the proclamation a few years ago he was protesting the federal government’s involvement in education, not the state’s. He said he supports the state’s role in education and, if elected, would vote to increase education financing without raising taxes.

    …O’Malley sent out a newsletter late last week, informing residents of Parker’s connection to the alliance. In the newsletter, O’Malley said, “I strongly disagree with my opponent and the alliance.”

    In an interview, he added: “I think that is such an extreme organization. I am quite shocked anyone running for public office in northeast Johnson County would even associate themselves with such an organization.”

    Well, there go my political aspirations.

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