Yael T. Abouhalkah

Sex toy sale in Kansas delights Democrats, but Republicans not so much

Sex sells. At least Kansas officials hope it does as they sell some sex toys to cover taxes owed to the state. (But it’s not always the case, as Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel found out after their poorly reviewed film “Sex Tape” came out earlier this year.)
Sex sells. At least Kansas officials hope it does as they sell some sex toys to cover taxes owed to the state. (But it’s not always the case, as Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel found out after their poorly reviewed film “Sex Tape” came out earlier this year.) The Associated Press

Ooh la la. How’s this for a badly timed event? An auction of sex toys to make up for nonpayment of taxes by their owner is about to occur in Kansas.

This is not the kind of event the Sam Brownback administration wants publicized as the Republican incumbent engages in a tough re-election campaign against Democrat Paul Davis.

Brownback is the straight-laced, tough-talking governor who won’t like his department officials being linked in any way to this sale.

On Wednesday, giddy Democrats pounced on the announcement.

“Brownback is so desperate to fill the massive hole in the state budget caused by his reckless income tax cuts that the state of Kansas is now in the porn business,” said Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley. “This is the same governor whose supporters spent this past week attacking his opponent for a strip club incident that happened 16 years ago.”

Oh, yeah, that non-story about Davis is going to be overshadowed now, as it should be.

Even Brownback administration officials recognize the interest the sale will generate.

“What is different is the titillation factor of what we’re selling,” said Jeannine Koranda, spokeswoman for the revenue agency. “This is an unusual lot of items.”

From The Topeka Capital-Journal: “The online site lists about 400 lots — individual lots contain can dozens of items — that include the Pipedream Fantasy Love Swing, books, hundreds of DVDs, sex and drinking games, a wide assortment of sexually oriented equipment, the carrying cases for devices, the Glass Pleasure Wand, bundles of lingerie and the Cyberskin Foot Stroker.”

To be clear, state revenue officials should be aggressive in recouping back taxes owed by all kinds of businesses.

And the state can’t always decide when it’s going to hold these kinds of online sales.

But all in all, this is another slightly embarrassing episode in the Brownback campaign for another term. It just helps remind people of the tax-cut fiasco over which he has presided.

To reach editorial page columnist Yael T. Abouhalkah, call 816-234-4887 or send email to abouhalkah@kcstar.com. Twitter @YaelTAbouhalkah.

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