Denning also stated that he was subjected to nasty comments and ridicule as a result of the allegedly false column.
Kansas Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, a Republican is suing the Kansas City Star over a column published last week attributing several statements to him he said he did not make.
The column, written by contributing columnist Steve Rose, has since been taken down as the paper investigates Denning’s lawsuit. Rose’s column was about the state’s Medicaid expansion, and he claimed Denning “finally confessed to me his reasons for rejecting it.” Rose also wrote that Denning “claimed, even today, that Kansas cannot afford the $14 million per year it would need to spend.” Further, Rose said Denning offered “lame excuses” for fighting the expansion.
Denning says he has not even spoken to Rose since 2016 and was not interviewed for the column. He also released emails that showed Rose offered to resign as a columnist if Denning stopped asking questions about what Denning said.
“I think Jim and you both are right. I would like to make this suggestion. Let it drop, and I will resign my column in The Star, effective today,” Rose wrote in response to an email from Denning’s chief of staff, Ethan Patterson. Patterson had asked when Rose had spoken to Denning.