TOPEKA, Kan. (KAKE) - Where does Governor Laura Kelly stand on transgender athletes playing school sports in Kansas? It's a question that's taken over the governor's race in the last day or so.

"You may have seen my opponents’ attacks. Let me just say it...." Laura Kelly's most recent campaign ad begins.  

It's the latest volley in a war of words over where the governor stands on transgender athlete rights.

Republican ads have repeatedly attacked her for twice vetoing a transgender athlete ban in Kansas state schools. 

The governor did veto those bills saying in her veto statements she was concerned about economic damage to the state from loss of business. She also said the issue should be left up to the students' families, medical team, schools and sports associations.  

In her latest ad the governor responded with a short one liner before pivoting back to attacking her challenger Derek Schmidt on school funding.

"Of course, men should not play girls sports," she said in that one liner.

But which side is telling the truth?  We asked political analyst Dr. Russell Arben Fox at Friends University.

"The truth is going to be (determined by) what kind of attitude do you take towards people who transition," he said.

Fox added that one key point about Kelly's response is her use of the words "men in girls’ sports."   It's a repetition of a phrase used often in the ads attacking her.

 "Laura Kelly's push to allow men to compete against girls in sports," the narrator says in one of the ads from the Republican Governor's Association.

"'Men in girls sports' is language that is intended to connect with...a lot of fears of pedophilia... These ads are designed to tap into a lot of really primal fears," Fox said.  "They're not accurate because, of course, we're not talking about grown men and small children."

As for the fairness of transgender athletes competing with women and girls, he says attitudes toward the governor's vetoes will depend on your definition of what makes a person male, female or anything else.

"Are you going to insist that there is no such thing as a sexual dysphoria and so, therefore, you're stuck with the gender that you were born with? For a lot of people, especially the people that these Republican ads are reaching out to, that's really straightforward," he explained. "And she's going to be able to come back and say, 'Well, but that legislation has to do with trans women who want to be able to compete."

KAKE News has also gotten a lot of questions about another ad with a swimmer complaining the NCAA forced her to share a locker room with a biological man, a transgender female swimmer.

Fox says it's very telling that Republicans had to turn to a national incident involving college students in Kentucky and Pennsylvania to find any claims of injury.

"If you look at these ads, and you're looking for evidence that this is something that really impacts me as a're going to have a real...hard time finding strong evidence of it," Fox said.  "Presumably, you ought to be able to demonstrate that harm by pointing to exact real examples, and there's not going to be a lot of examples.... The fact that they actually can't come up with any examples from Kansas? Probably ought to say something to you... They've got to find the best possible example that they can come up with and that happens to be a situation that involves a race that took place between someone from Kentucky and someone from Pennsylvania. Incidentally, neither of them won that race."