St. Louis Public Radio News
12:36 pm
Thu October 3, 2002

Kansas Gubernatorial Candidate Apologizes to Missouri

Topeka, KS – A reversal and apology to her Show-Me State
neighbors Thursday from Kansas gubernatorial hopeful Kathleen Sebelius. The Democratic candidate issued verbal and written statements saying she was insensitive Wednesday in suggesting that driving on Missouri roads was more terrifying than the 9-11 attacks.

In response to a question at an Overland Park forum Wednesday with her Republican opponent, Tim Shallenburger, Sebelius said she was stranded in Ohio when the nation's airports were closed after the 9-11 terrorist attacks. She rented a car and drove by herself on Interstate 70 through Missouri to Kansas.

She cited what she saw as the poor condition of Missouri roads
as a reason to keep funding projects in Kansas. Her comment: "The roads in Missouri were much more terrifying to me than the attacks on the World Trade Center, because I really did think my life was far more at risk."