Democrat Tom Holland is trying to gain ground in the Kansas governor's race by linking Republican nominee and U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback to federal financial bailouts.
But Brownback's campaign contends Holland is distorting Brownback's record.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the argument started during a Saturday debate at the Kansas State Fair but reignited this week.
Holland, a state senator, is criticizing Brownback for his vote in 2008 for a $200 billion bailout of mortgage giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.
But Brownback's campaign notes that he voted in 2010 for an unsuccessful proposal to put restrictions on the two government-sponsored mortgage companies.