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Ryun speaks about defeat, uncertain about his future

November 10, 2006

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— Republican Rep. Jim Ryun made no excuses Thursday for his defeat Election Day, focusing more on the transition from statesman to citizen.

Ryun lost to Democrat Nancy Boyda in the 2nd District race by a 51-47 percent margin, ending his bid for a sixth term in Congress. Two years ago Ryun beat Boyda by 15 points, which he said could have explained what happened this year.

"In one regard, we were a victim of our own success," Ryun said in a telephone interview, one of his first since Tuesday's loss. "Everyone thought it was going to be an easy race. I certainly didn't."

Boyda's victory was part of a Democratic wave that saw the party regain control of the House for the first time since 1994. Democrats hold 230 seats - 12 more than needed for the majority - and could still win two more. They hold a 51-49 edge in the Senate.

Ryun said he hasn't spoken with Boyda to congratulate her, but has left repeated messages.

Ryun, the former world-record holder in the mile and Olympic silver medalist, said he hadn't stopped to analyze why he fell short. That is being left for another day.

The race once was considered safe, but growing opposition to how the war in Iraq has been handled and scandals involving former House pages generated momentum for Democrats as voters sought new leadership in Congress. Boyda tapped into that sentiment with her slogan, "Had enough?"

As the race tightened in October, Vice President Dick Cheney came to Kansas to stump for Ryun, raising $209,000. One week out, many observers were calling the race a tossup, prompting a visit by President Bush on Sunday night.

"We had a little difficulty in being able to rally the supporters until it was too late," Ryun said.

After the votes were counted, Ryun and his wife, Anne, took the stage in Topeka to thank the staff and those who gave him the chance to serve for 10 years. He didn't answer questions, saying Thursday he didn't think there was any more that needed to be said.

"The people of Kansas spoke for change. I still think I speak for the values of Kansas and will always feel that way," Ryun said.

He said his tenure in Congress was "one of the highest" accomplishments in his life, just knowing he served in the same institution that Abraham Lincoln and other American leaders once served.

"It truly is where a lot of work gets done. That's why it's called 'The people's House,'" he said.

Ryun said he didn't know what the future would hold. In a few weeks, he heads back to Washington to finish out the term and then hand the baton off to Boyda. He's more concerned with helping his staff find new careers than one of his own, looking to his deep-rooted Christian faith for guidance.

"We're just waiting on the Lord for the next orders that come," Ryun said.

Comments

plumberscrack 7 years, 5 months ago

Posted by veritas399 (anonymous) on November 10, 2006 at 8:46 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I admire Jim Ryun for doing an awesome job representing Kansas. Jim Ryun will be missed. I don't understand how people (like the first 2 commenters) would be frightened of good Christians who follow the 10 commandments. If doing the right thing is 'narrow minded', then WAY TO GO JIM RYUN!! ================================================ Jim Baker, Jim Jones (Jonestown massacre).....

SEE ANY CONNECTIONS HERE?

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75x55 7 years, 5 months ago

americorps - just taking it from the story presented.

shadower - silly little person thou art.

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Reality_Check 7 years, 5 months ago

Good riddance, you evil bastard.

Brownback, Roberts: You're next.

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shadower 7 years, 5 months ago

still fail to understand why Ryun couldn't speak for himself, simply let wife give religious rant after election defeat? Would someone please explain that?

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shadower 7 years, 5 months ago

75x55 is a true believer republican. he swallows party line and BS no matter how un-true or un-believable

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americorps 7 years, 5 months ago

75X55, how funny of you to tell 3 of 5 not to make presumptions without the facts, then you decide you know why Boyda and Ryun have not connected by phone.

Makes you look pretty darn foolish in my book.

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75x55 7 years, 5 months ago

"Ryun said he hasn't spoken with Boyda to congratulate her, but has left repeated messages."

The gracious winner, eh?

number3of5 - no need for a pointless slur from someone who likely did not have full access to the rationale behind a decision.

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nugget 7 years, 5 months ago

Note to Sam Brownback: Jim Ryun was also thought impossible to beat by everyone in Kansas.

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veritas399 7 years, 5 months ago

I admire Jim Ryun for doing an awesome job representing Kansas. Jim Ryun will be missed. I don't understand how people (like the first 2 commenters) would be frightened of good Christians who follow the 10 commandments. If doing the right thing is 'narrow minded', then WAY TO GO JIM RYUN!!

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shadower 7 years, 5 months ago

The problem with Ryun and the fact he doesn't get is religion is not everything. It is possible to have strong views, but don't let them dominate and control all your actions, They should be guidelines, not an exact roadmap depending on your evangelical view. Also he never understood he was elected to represent all citizens, not just his narrow minded religious group. Then when defeated, lacks the common sense to wish his successor well or even have enough character to talk to news media. Just turned mike over to wife to give a religious tirade,

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number3of5 7 years, 5 months ago

If I was a person who make my voice heard in elections, I would have voted against Jim Ryun from the get go. I have know for almost twenty years just how selective the Ryun family is. Anyone who claims to be a christian and then refuses to allow a child to come to their home for a bible study group is not okay in my books any day.

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