TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis is apologizing for a campaign ad released on Wednesday and pulling it just hours after its television debut.
We produced a series of ads. Today, it was brought to our attention that a participant in one of those ads has serious issues in his background. Upon hearing of these issues, the ad, which ran for a few hours, was pulled down immediately. I want to apologize to Kansans for this mistake,” said Davis
In the ad, the Kansas House Minority Leader said he's using an actor to set the record straight on misleading statements made by incumbent Republican Sam Brownback.
The actor turns out to be Jeff Montague.
Topeka Municipal Court records show Montague was granted diversion for a 2007 arrest on a misdemeanor charge of Solicitation of Sodomy.
The Kansas GOP released a statement also documenting that Montague was banned from involvement with the Boy Scouts after the organization became aware of complaints of inappropriate conduct with a student at the school where he worked.
"The use of an actor with this sort of background raises serious questions about Paul Davis' judgment and what kind of people he would surround himself with if elected," said Clay Barker, executive director of the Kansas Republican Party.
Davis said they learned of the allegations in Montague's background on Wednesday and immediately pulled it.