"I have read the stories in the Topeka Capital-Journal, the Lawrence Journal World and by the Associated Press detailing Senator Brownback's relationship with Lou Engle, and my staff has shared with me additional information1 on Mr. Engle's views and statements. I found all of this to be very troubling.
"The next Governor of Kansas will need to bring people together, not divide them along lines of fear and bigotry.
"Whether it's upholding the executive ban on workplace discrimination against gays and lesbians, or preventing our state from being defined by the messages of Fred Phelps and Lou Engle -- the next Governor has a responsibility to protect the rights of every Kansan.
"We've seen what happens when right-wing extremists get the spotlight; our state becomes a punch line on late night talk shows and companies think twice before bringing new jobs to our state. We can't go down that path again.
"I'm running to be a leader for all Kansans, so that we can continue our legacy as a Free State, where discrimination and bigotry -- against anyone -- is not tolerated."