Archive for Wednesday, July 26, 2006

No Moore Republican challenge?

In this primary, GOP opts to focus on other elections

July 26, 2006


— Rep. Dennis Moore may never remove the Republican cross-hairs from his back, but the Kansas Democrat appears to be out of range this election season.

In the past, the National Republican Congressional Committee has funneled resources into the heavily Republican 3rd Congressional District of Kansas, which includes an eastern portion of Douglas County and parts of Lawrence.

Without a strong challenger emerging this time, however, the Republican committee is focusing on other races as it tries to protect the GOP's thin majority in the House.

"This year will not be as much of a challenge for Moore as it has been in the past," said Joe Aistrup, chairman of the political science department at Kansas State University. "But he's still in a marginal district for Democrats, and money could swing the balance."

Four Republican candidates hoping to take on Moore have not had an easy time raising money ahead of Tuesday's primary contest, according to recent fundraising reports. Chuck Ahner, a loan company executive from Overland Park, has about $157,000 in the bank, but nearly all of that comes from a $150,000 loan. State Rep. Scott Schwab, R-Olathe, has just less than $16,000 cash on hand.

The other candidates in the 3rd District primary - disability rights activist Thomas Scherer and retired construction worker Paul Showen - had no current fundraising reports on file with the Federal Election Commission.

Moore, who is uncontested in the primary, has taken a firm lead in the money race with about $540,000 cash on hand, according to his latest campaign finance report.

Moore first won the seat in 1998 by appealing to moderate Republicans and independent voters. After a string of narrow victories over GOP challengers, he was re-elected in 2004 by 11 percentage points over conservative Republican Kris Kobach.

In the state's only other contested primary, four Democrats are vying to take on Republican Rep. Todd Tiahrt in the 4th Congressional District, which includes the Wichita area: Garth McGinn, a systems analyst from Bel Air; Ron Voth, a lab medical technologist from Halstead; Marty Mork, a disabled former warehouse worker from Wichita; and Patrick Quaney, a retired engineer from Wichita.

McGinn reports having about $2,300 in the bank, while Voth has about $1,100 cash on hand. Tiahrt has more than $1 million in the bank, according to his latest FEC report.

In the 1st Congressional District, Republican Rep. Jerry Moran, of Hays, is uncontested in the primary. The only Democrat running in the primary is John Doll, a business owner from Garden City.

In the 2nd Congressional District, incumbent Republican Jim Ryun, of Lawrence, faces a general election rematch against Topeka Democrat Nancy Boyda. Neither faces a primary challenger.

Contested primary races


U.S. House of Representatives, District 3 (East Lawrence)

  • Chuck Ahner
  • Thomas Scherer
  • Scott Schwab
  • Paul V. Showen

Governor/Lieutenant Governor

  • Jim Barnett/Susan Wagle
  • Ken Canfield/Kathe Decker
  • Rex Crowell/Brian D. Shepherd
  • Dennis Hawver/Bret D. Landrith
  • Robin Jennison/Dennis Wilson
  • Timothy Pickell/Jeffrey A. McCalmon
  • Richard Rodewald/Helen D. Kanzig

Secretary of State

  • Kay O'Connor
  • Ron Thornburgh
  • Commissioner of Insurance
  • Eric Carter
  • Sandy Praeger


Secretary of State

  • Robert Beattie
  • David Haley

State Board of Education District 1 (East Douglas County)

  • Jesse L. Hall
  • Janet Waugh


christie 11 years, 10 months ago

The Republican Party is dead.

The 'Party' is over. The American people have woke up and now realize what we've been saying all along, that the GOP (GAY old party) is ripping us off left and right, and sending our young people off to die in far away places for no reason.

Then, they SELL US OUT to Arabs and allow them to handle SECURITY of our ports.... I wonder how much BUSH pocketed on that one?

ljb 11 years, 10 months ago

In the end, both parties do what is best for them. It's all about where the money is coming from. What the country needs to do is hold government officals accountable for their actions! Vote the liars & thiefs out of office regardless of what party affiliation they claim. Primary elections are Aug. 1st. Get out and VOTE!

prioress 11 years, 10 months ago

I agree with the admonition to vote; if past is prologue, nearly 80% will ignore the call. That's how about 11% of the population runs the state. It is all about money, no doubt about that. We (the sheeple) like being lied to by both parties. If they tell the truth on either side of the aisle, we won't vote for them.

Horace 11 years, 10 months ago

Can't they get they the one guy out of jail to run, or maybe one of the guys that beat up Mirecki?

fletch 11 years, 10 months ago

TOB: If you know so much about journalism, you'd remember that headlines come from the copy editor, not the article writer. But I'm sure you just forgot.

As for the article, yeah, Moore is going to smoke whoever gets out of that primary. Kinda sad that Maynard "Please call me Chuck" Ahner is going to lose $150,000 of his own money. He could have bought a really nice house for that.

gphawk89 11 years, 10 months ago

"Then, they SELL US OUT to Arabs and allow them to handle SECURITY of our ports"

Um, didn't that deal fall through?

bearded_gnome 11 years, 10 months ago

I see the invective and falsehoods are out in force from the farce force=demorats.
yes, denny moore, the only congressman named in a monty python skit, has a strong start, of course he's the guy in the office now/head start.

I endorse: Chuck Ahner. He's a fine candidate. let's do what we can for him. that is, us conservatives. we'll just ignore the farce force.

bthom37 11 years, 10 months ago

bialystocknbloom (love the name by the way):

Just let Arminius go. Like when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor, he's on a roll. Facts won't bother him.

fletch 11 years, 10 months ago

I attacked Ahner, but mainly because I find Maynard to be a silly name, so that is really his parents' fault.

Oh and Arminius, Jefferson Davis was a graduate of West Point, too. I find it perfectly fine to dislike the man and still like the military and the institution.

bearded_gnome 11 years, 10 months ago

True to form, the liberals here are already attacking Ahner, a West Point graduate. Then they go on to claim that they support the military. Give me a break.

100% correct. to these willfully ignorants, the deaths in Iraq only pawns in their hate-bush rantings. they don't give one sweat molecule for the troops.
they also blame bush for hezbollah, when hezbollah was killing, highjacking, torturing, americans 25 years ago, that's before GWB was elected governor of TEXAS FOR GOD'S SAKE!

bearded_gnome 11 years, 10 months ago

Armi: I also see they're resorting to their most favored strategy, to digress from the topic! wow, way off topic, because they can't say anything useful on topic?

yes, Ahner's military record is certainly something to be proud of: intelligence officer on the iron curtain in germany before the fall of the wall; commanding a national guard unit and training soldiers who fought in clinton's excursion in the former yugoslavia.
He's a great candidate to support. volunteers will put him over the top!

fletch 11 years, 10 months ago

Well let's see, my dad was a Marine. My uncle was an Army Ranger. My ex-roommate is in the National Gaurd, and my best friend from high school took a bullet in the leg in Afghanistan.

Yeah, I really hate the military. Buncha jerks.

bearded_gnome 11 years, 10 months ago

Bob Dole says Bob Dole supports Chuck Ahner:

Since the Ahner for Congress Campaign kicked off more than a year ago, community leaders and organizations have lined up to support Chuck Ahner. As the candidate who focused on uniting his party in the race, hundreds of Republicans, including members of city councils, veterans, active community leaders, and most importantly common citizens, have agreed that Chuck Ahner is the right person to provide leadership to business and our communities in Congress and replace Democrat Dennis Moore this November. Highlights include:

Former Senator and full contributor Bob Dole has voiced strong support for Chuck, specifically stating that Chuck's military background is vital at this time in Congress. The Kansas City Star endorsement says Chuck Ahner "offers an attractive combination of military expertise, business experience," and his "priorities include sustained economic growth, health-care reform, better border security and a strong national defense". Chuck Ahner's commitment to the life issues and helping people in time of need earned him the endorsement of Kansans for Life.

bearded_gnome 11 years, 10 months ago

Dennis Moore, Dennis Moore Galloping through the sward Dennis Moore, Dennis Moore And his horse Concorde He steals from the rich And gives to the poor Mr. Moore, Mr. Moore, Mr. Moore. Dennis Moore, Dennis Moore Riding through the night Soon every lupin in the land Will be in his mighty hand He steals them from the rich And gives them to the poor Mr. Moore, Lupin donor, Extraordinary.

Dennis Moore, Dennis Moore Is not in this bit.

Dennis Moore, Dennis Moore Dum dum dum the night Dennis Moore, Dennis Moore Dum de dum dum plight He steals dum dum dum And dum dum dum dee Dennis dum, Dennis dee, dum dum dum.

bearded_gnome 11 years, 10 months ago

yeah yeah yeah bla bla bla and because I'm a republican, I'm also a racist, too...yes I read your amazing blather on that too.
you blend facts, confabulate arguments, and call that making a point. at least this time you left out your childish lines of laughter.
not very effective, and sure in a lather against us, so much so that your posts read poorly, your points get lost such as they are. and, smear passes for political speech. not a good try grade=F

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