(The following was originally published in The Kansas City Star.)
TOPEKA: The Libertarian candidate for Kansas governor transformed himself from trash collector to crusading ATTORNEY after battling for his own right to free speech before the U.S. Supreme Court, a case he won.
He’s hoping he can defy the odds again and pull off a victory in November against Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and Democratic challenger Paul Davis.
Keen Umbehr had a trash-hauling contract with Wabaunsee County, but the county commissioners terminated his contract after he criticized them in the local newspaper. Umbehr filed suit, eventually winning a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that said private contractors working for the government are entitled to the same free speech rights as government employees.