Wichita, Kan. --- Kansas 1st District Representative Tim Huelskamp was elected on a tea party platform of lowering taxes with fewer government programs.
So perhaps it shouldn't be a big surprise that he's supporting a bill calling for an end to a federal program that supports demand for biofuels.
That stance has angered the bio fuels industry and some farm groups. That's because there are eleven bio fuels plants across western and central Kansas, part of the big 1st congressional district.
A new TV ad assails Huelskamp for his stance. A political action committee called "Now or Never" is behind it. But Huelskamp says who's putting up the money isn't known. He says, "We do have this secret out of state PAC that is spending a quarter of a million dollars just attacking us. There's no place for that in Kansas politics, no place for Washington insiders to tell us how to vote."
Huelskamp's GOP opponent, Alan LaPolice, supports the renewable energy standards.
Huelskamp maintains that the federal program, which mandates the use of biofuels in gasoline, interferes with the free market.
The republican from Fowler says his call for the phase out of federal supports is consistent with his conservative voting. "I'm a conservative and have voted as a conservative which is why every conservative group in Kansas and around the country has said Tim Huelskamp is doing what he said he would do."