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Boyda poll shows dead heat with Ryun

October 11, 2006


— U.S. Rep. Jim Ryun's television ads and help from Vice President Dick Cheney will backfire, Democratic challenger Nancy Boyda predicted Tuesday.

But Jeff Black, a spokesman for Ryun, said Boyda's campaign was showing signs of faltering.

Ryun, a Republican from Lawrence, is seeking a sixth two-year term in a rematch against Boyda, whom he defeated in 2004.

The district includes west Lawrence, Topeka, Manhattan and southeast Kansas.

During a news conference, Boyda, of Topeka, said her underdog campaign remains a dead heat.

She released her campaign poll, which she said shows Ryun at 42.6 percent and Boyda at 40 percent with the rest undecided. Last month, she released polling that had her with a slight edge.

"All the attack ads of the last month that have been run by Ryun have not significantly raised his support or lowered mine," she said, adding that her first TV ad will start today.

And, she said, Thursday's visit by Cheney to Topeka to line up $1,000-a-piece photo-ops as part of a fundraiser will hurt Ryun, too.

"I think people of Kansas see Dick Cheney as a big part of the problem right now," Boyda said. "Ryun's campaign is in trouble and they know it."

But Black, Ryun's spokesman, said it was Boyda's campaign that was in trouble.

"This is the act of a desperate campaign. They are trying to come back to the good graces of their donors," he said.

He said he doubted her poll results and said their release was a ploy to keep people contributing to her campaign.

Black said the Ryun campaign would not release its poll results.

As for Cheney's visit being a sign of a campaign in trouble, Black said the fundraiser had been scheduled since August. He also dismissed suggestions that Cheney is seen as a negative in the 2nd Congressional District.


BigDog 11 years, 8 months ago

"The reason both Nancy Boyda and Paul Morrison are Republicans running as Democrats is that the Democrats in Kansas better represent Republican values than the weirdo group that took over my Party and have been trying to institute a perverted and blatantly corrupt form of theocratic socialism."

The reason Nancy Boyda and Paul Morrison ran as Democrats is so they didn't have to face a primary election which they knew there wasn't as great of a chance of winning.

Frank Smith 11 years, 8 months ago

Ryun says that Congressional scandals won't hurt him, but consider:

Ryun got $15,000 from the indicted Tom DeLay's PAC in just two races, 2002/04 and $31,777 in all.

Ryun got $15,000 in 2004/06 from Tom Reynolds, who after being warned about Foley last year claims he told Denny Hastert who didn't do anything about Foley. Hastert says Reynolds is a liar.

Foley gave $550,000 to Reynold's National campaign committee.

The U.S. Family Network, the convicted fixer Jack Abramoff's "charity" front, sold a Ryun a house near Ryun's office for at least $100,000 less than it was worth, taking a massive loss on the property. Abramoff's connections to another congressman, Bob Ney, have caused him to resign. What did Jim do for Jack?

The Iola, KS Register put it bluntly: "A vote for Kobach or Ryun is a vote for larger federal deficits, a bigger trade deficit, harsh domestic policies and continued loss of respect for the United States from the rest of the world."

Jamesaust 11 years, 8 months ago

"Also, Boyda's polls are meaningless."

And to prove it, the Ryun campaign released their own polling results - NOT.

Frankly, if the Dems had a better candidate, Ryun would already be shopping for a new house. What was the big complaint just a month ago - Congressional franking? Jeez, give me a break! Heck, give me a serious candidate ready to play!

It remains quite unlikely that Boyda will manage - even in the current political environment and with a corrupt, do-nothing opponent - to win the seat for the Midwest Appalachia (a/k/a, the Second District).

BigDog 11 years, 8 months ago


Nope, can't say that I know him.

abe_froman 11 years, 8 months ago

If I still lived in the district, I'd vote for Boyda. I voted for her last time. And while she's not my favorite, I rather have someone new in office. Ryun, while a decent guy, is pretty much inept. He's done little in the terms of introducing bills. Most of what he has done involves recognizing retired military officers ... that's nice. But that doesn't help with healthcare ... or the cost of a college education ... or roads and bridges.

So, I rather have the unknown. I rather have Nancy. And besides ... it's two years. She can't be any worse than Ryun. He's had several years to do something and been pretty successful at doing a lot of nothing. The worst that could happen is Boyda will be the same.

cutny 11 years, 8 months ago

Ryun has largely been a disappointment. People are enamored with his name and athletic legacy. These two points alone do not make a good politician. People need to look beyond his fame factor. He needs to move on.

BrianR 11 years, 8 months ago

"I dont want a Missourian representing me in Congress. It is that simple."

You are delusional but entertaining. And don't has an apostrophe; do private schools not teach punctuation?

feefifofum 11 years, 8 months ago

"The best way to support our Party is to vote for the Republicans who have had to run as Democrats and vote against Republicans who believe in crackpot agendas that go completely against Republican values of privacy, limited government, honesty, etc "

Yep - the best GOP strategy is to vote Democrat. Got it. Makes a lot of sense. But, how can Boyda and Morrison be Republicans and Democrats at the same time? Oh, what the hell, light up the "crack" and the "pot". I will inhale and then maybe I will see it your way.

opinion 11 years, 8 months ago


You said: "Ryun has largely been a disappointment"

As a voter that has consistently voted for Republican candidates, I would say that that is true for more than just Ryun. Many things that R candidates have stated they stand for remain unaddressed or have been screwed up. However, Ryun not being a "good politician" does not make Boyda one. I have spoken to her. She first dismissed my concerns (social concerns) saying that is not what the race was about. When I told her that the race was about what I the voter say its about she started to dance around and never would clearly state where she stands on many issues. I have since looked at what she said in her last run and what she is saying now and it is clear she REALLY wants to win no matter what position she has to take. See what she had said about how we must "stay the course" in 2004 and what she is saying now about Iraq.

I do wish we had more choices. This one party system with two wings has got to go.

Meletus 11 years, 8 months ago

Before beginning the nauseating diatribe against "you far-left liberals," consideration must be placed on Ryun's voting record and his persona in general. Rolling one's eyes past the possibility of scandal or corruption, one must ask what exactly Jim Ryun has done for the state of Kansas. He is regarded by most, if not all, as an ineffective congressman with an insignificant presence on the Hill. Rubber stamp indeed. Republican or Democrat or Libertarian, someone with a brain and an opinion would be a welcome change. Maybe for some motivation Ryun should consider the fact that Jesse "The Body" Ventura, as a former PRO WRESTLER, was a much better athlete/politician.

GOPConservative 11 years, 8 months ago


The reason both Nancy Boyda and Paul Morrison are Republicans running as Democrats is that the Democrats in Kansas better represent Republican values than the weirdo group that took over my Party and have been trying to institute a perverted and blatantly corrupt form of theocratic socialism.

I'm tired of Kansans being known as a State filled with radical homophobes and ignoramuses like the six crackpots on the Kansas Board of Education.

Wins by Boyda, Morrison and other Republicans who had to change parties to fight these weirdoes will show the world that most Kansans believe the earth is older than 6,000 years and are against government trying to control our private lives.

Most Kansans are decent people who believe in minding their own business. Most Kansans do not support outside special interest groups using laundered money for political campaigns and plush homes back in Washington, D.C.

Most Kansans are also Republicans. Unfortunately, many otherwise good Republicans have been going along with RINOs like Ryun, Kline and the six members of the KBOE because we wanted to support our Party. That clearly was a grave mistake.

The best way to support our Party is to vote against these crackpots and show the world that Kansas is not as bigoted and ignorant as Ryun, Kline and the six KBOE nutcases would indicate.

The best way to support our Party is to vote for the Republicans who have had to run as Democrats and vote against Republicans who believe in crackpot agendas that go completely against Republican values of privacy, limited government, honesty, etc.

Big wins by Nancy Boyda and Paul Morrison will drive the Shallenbergers, Ryuns, Klines and other nutcases out of the leadership of our Party so that we can return to Republican values of limited government, fiscal responsibility and privacy that used to be our hallmark.

coldandhot 11 years, 8 months ago

Go Jim Ryun! The Lawrence media is not representative of our city or the state. Stay encouraged. Also, Boyda's polls are meaningless.

youngitized 11 years, 8 months ago


I really think that you don't know what you are talking about since all of your points are full of holes when critically evaluated. Nancy Boyda's website shows where she stands on the issues.

BigDog 11 years, 8 months ago


I don't have a disdain for either of them. People are free to choose which party they want to be a part of, just don't like party jumping just as a way to get elected. This is more about political opportunity than beliefs. If Paul Morrison wasn't running for AG, chances are he would still be in the Republican party. I believe the same could be said for Mark Parkinson.

If you wanna call it disdain, I would have the same feelings if a Democrat became a Reblican just to get elected.

Several close aquaintances have run for state representative and senate, all of them lifelong Republicans. The state Democratic party appoached 3 of them about changing parties because there were at least 3 Republicans running in the district and no Democrats. The line they were given is that they wouldn't have to face a primary opponent (Democrats wouldn't put up another candidate) and they could save their funds for the general election. They were also told that the people that knew them would vote for them regardless what party they were in and pick up the support of Democrats.

fletch 11 years, 8 months ago

I don't like Jim Ryun. I think he's an extremist blowhard who would just as soon punch you in the face if there was political gain to be had.

That being said, Nancy Boyda quite possibly has an IQ less than 100. I'm torn.

dirkleisure 11 years, 8 months ago

Kropotkin, you forgot to mention Ryun hosting a fundraiser with former Rep. Foley.

Where was this fundraiser? At the House he purchased from US Family Network. Foley bought the wine, Ryun bought the coffee.

He may have been huge in track and field, but in Congress he's just Run Away Ryun.

Richard Heckler 11 years, 8 months ago

Jim Ryun is one of those rubber stamp bogus republicans who love corporate welfare,reducing taxes for the very wealthy, supports world domination and extreme reganomics. Rep. Ryun is of the neocon party which does monopolize the former republican party.

Ten years is long enough for any politician and he will still be on the taxpayer payroll collecting a generous retirement package. All of this for someone who speaks against big government. Perhaps he will deny his retirement plan?

Real republicans can be found here:

feefifofum 11 years, 8 months ago

Nancy used to be a Republican

Then she became a Democrat

But now that she has her money - she wants to become your Socialist rep in Congress.

Avoyda Boyda

bunnyhawk 11 years, 8 months ago

Esq2eb, no one could be more lawless than our president...........

Kodiac 11 years, 8 months ago

Kind of curious how everyone wants to attach the labels of "republicans" and "democrats". While I can certainly understand what GOPConservative saying about the Democrat Party in Kansas becoming a party of moderates (republicans and democrats). You can even point to successfully elected "democrats" in the state of Kansas who are regarded as moderates and not "far-left liberals" or even just "liberals". Dennis Moore and Kathleen Sebilius are prime examples of this. What is surprising and not talked about as much though is the fact that we do have Kline as an AG and we do have Ryun as a Rep and historically, the Board of Education has a tendency to morph to the far right. I am willing to bet that Kansas will continue to have the same problem with the School Board morphing in that direction again in the forseeable future. Maybe alot of that has to do with voter apathy. It would seem it takes some extreme actions on the part of our elected officials to overcome some of that apathy.

I have lived in Kansas for a long time and I can tell you that most Kansans view themselves as something like GOPConservative demostrates or talks about. They truly do believe in values of limited government, fiscal responsibility and privacy, especially privacy. Historically Kansas has shown this over and over in just about everything they do. I have always been proud of the fact the Kansas has always marched to the beat of their own drums historically from being a free state to abolishing the death penalty. Everyone else in the country may feel like we are backwards and bigoted but I think in many ways Kansas is one of the most forward thinking and socially aware states in the union.

Richard Heckler 11 years, 8 months ago

Nancy believed that Kansas is best when its citizens have good jobs, affordable health care, and outstanding public education. So in early 2003, she committed herself to turning these ambitions into reality. She began a full-scale, full-time campaign to return a common-sense voice to Congress. But America wasn't ready in 2004.

Now in 2006, with the country headed in the wrong direction, Nancy is running again. This time people all across Kansas's 2nd District have had enought and are demanding change. Nancy's bold leadership is uniting this grassroots energy into a campaign that will restore the ideals of democracy, and get back control of our government.

Nancy's determination is not new. She graduated with honors from William Jewell College in Liberty, MO, where she received dual degrees in chemistry and education. She began her career in 1978 working as an analytical chemist and field inspector for the Environmental Protection Agency. Over the next two decades, she also held management positions in several pharmaceutical companies, including Marion Laboratories.

From these years of hands-on experience, Nancy has developed common-sense ideas about how to boost businesses in Kansas, cut the costs of medical care, and ensure that health insurance is never considered a luxury for any Kansan. She is eager to work with both parties as a moderate, independent voice for the hardworking people of the Second District.

Nancy has lived in Kansas for more than 25 years. She is married to Steve Boyda, who was raised on a farm in Marshall County, is a former Marshall County attorney, and a Marine Corps veteran. Nancy is the mother of two children and five stepchildren, and a member of Countryside United Methodist Church in Topeka. Nancy and Steve are Topeka homeowners.

BrianR 11 years, 8 months ago

Esq2eB, It is interesting that when you hit bottom you just keep digging. Nice work; way to focus on the issues.

roger_o_thornhill 11 years, 8 months ago

"Ryun, a Republican from Lawrence..." Only due to gerrymandering. Where was Mr. Ryun before W. Lawrence became part of 2nd district?

Of course, regarding the article, any poll released by a candidate will favor themselves. Why else release it? Everyone does it.

Elections as popularity contests should stop when you graduate from high school.

Many of you who vote strictly on the party line--whatever party--are voting against many of your own best interests.

I got nothing especially against either of the two donkeyphant parties, I vote for folks in both (especially since there is little other choice). Just depends on who they are and what they are willing to do to get into office.

To be honest, nothing makes me look at the opponent faster than using negative campaigning and tired catch phrases.

What does it say about your platform if you spend your money demonizing your opponent? If your message is strong enough, that should be all that matters. If not, you should go home.

Richard Heckler 11 years, 8 months ago

The republican controlled congress has a pattern of NOT supporting the middleclass. Congress let the American middle class down repeatedly falling short on efforts to strengthen middle-class families and expand their ranks. If Congress continues to vote as it has, the American Dream will become a relic of the past instead of an inspiration for our future. Yet this dismal trend will not change unless citizens have the information necessary to hold their elected representatives accountable or better yet vote them out.

Jim Ryun received a 0% and Grade F for not supporting the middleclass.

tashtego 11 years, 8 months ago

NYT has this race as "safe" for Ryun, but I don't believe it. What a sweet irony it will be when Boyda wins. As I recall, the GOP legislature split Lawrence so as to try to re-take the 3rd District. Instead, they may have spread sanity to the 2d.

rwalter 11 years, 8 months ago

I have written to Ryun many times, as I have been concerned with his constant support of Bush Administration policies, and can tell you his replies each and every time confirmed the man is an automaton for the Bush team, and owns no opinions of his own. He supported the ruinous oil policy that brought us three dollar a gallon gas,the lopsided tax cuts, the senior drug program full of give aways to pharmacutical corporations, etc. Not once has he taken a stance that deviated from Bush. He contributed to Tom Delay's defense fund, as well he might, and has sold out the small Kansas Farmer.I wish we could get rid of the head divider, but since we can't, let's at least get rid of his clone.

Radar 11 years, 8 months ago

I just discovered this comment section and have some observations.

First my bonifieds. I am actively involved in polictics and campaigns, directly, not just shooting my mouth off in the coffee shop, or here. I just stepped down as chairman of our county's Republican Central Committee.

Anyone who calls themself GOPConservative, isn't. In the same vein that the communist countries called themselves People's Democratic Republic of whatever. They were neither democratic nor a republic.

Also the idea postulated that Kansas isn't conservative, is just plain false. I refer you to our recent marriage amendment. It passed by what, 80%. That is pretty much slam dunk. My county passed it by 79%, and I thought I had a coup till the returns showed 4 other counties were higher.

Morrison and other RINOs do not reflect the "true" Republican Party in Kansas. Just the opposite, they reflect the true Democratic Party. Kansas is conservative, so they have to lie about who they are, what they believe and where they stand to get elected.

For quite some time, these RINO's (AKA Contry Club Republicans) controlled our party. To be sure, they are still there. However, when they controlled our party the Democrats had larger numbers in, if not outright of, both our state house and senate. Conservatives changed that.

Conservatives, and Pro-life believers are the engine that drives the Republican Party in Kansas. I refer you to the late Joan Finney. She switched parties, lied about her beliefs, did nothing for Pro-Life and won on grass roots connections. Hayden, on the other hand, ran as a Pro-Choice Republican, and got his clock cleaned. He spent $1 million, while Finney spent around $50,000.

Republicans loose when they move away from their bliefs. To be sure, this "growing in office" is the result of them reading too many newspapers and watching too much coverage of themselves. They start to believe the tripe that they have to move to the center, trade reelection for their beliefs and cause the party to loose in elections.

I used to tell my fellow conservatives, that we needed to support the Contry Clubbers, as I called them, because we needed each other. I thought, if we supported them in their campaigns, a time would come when the conservatives were in the cat seat and they would support us.

This is a delusion I no longer suffer from. Since the RINOs betrayed Shallenburger, my eyes have been opened. The RINOs are in truth, Democrats who can't get elected as Demos, so they switch parties.


Radar 11 years, 8 months ago

Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet, act 1 scene 3 I believe, "To thine own self be true, and it must follow as the night the day, thou canst be false to any man."

If a Democrat has to lie about who they are and what they believe, they cannot be true to their campaign pledges.

Boyda is married to a trial lawyer. Her campaign is nothing more than a trophy for her husband. That said, Kansas 2nd, has never been a rock ribbed red district. I remember Slattery and others when we had 5 districts.

I have met Congressman Ryun on numerous occasions. He has the highest rated conservative voting record in Congress. He doesn't parrot Bush, and in fact has differed with W on several occasions, most notably illegal immigration.

Ryun is a genuinely a man of the people. He is your next-door neighbor. He is never going to be some firebrand. That isn't his goal, or his nature. He believes that he should state what his heartfelt beliefs are, and should be elected because his beliefs are ours.

He knows we can't watch him every minute, so he is forthright and honest about what lies in his soul. The Democrats on the other hand, well I refer you to back a few paragraphs.

It is true that Boyda could win, but it is taking all the Democrats have, and the support of the "drive by media" and the rich Democratic donors (ever notice how the Demos hate rich people, but they seem to have more rich donors than the Republicans, and in fact, most seem to be more wealthy than I, and complain about how poor they are) to do it.

In closing. I've read several of the comments here, and noticed that holygrailale, or what ever his name is, appears to live here.

Having been part of numerous campaigns, I recognize that type of person. It used to be said, "Those that can't do, teach." On the Net it has become, "Those that don't do Blog."

Wish you all the best,


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 11 years, 8 months ago

"Boyda is married to a trial lawyer. Her campaign is nothing more than a trophy for her husband. "

Are you suggesting that trial lawyers shouldn't be allowed to marry? Or perhaps that those charged with crimes just be summarily sentenced, thus eliminating the need for trial lawyers? Please illuminate.

"He believes that he should state what his heartfelt beliefs are, and should be elected because his beliefs are ours."

His beliefs are nothing short of bizarre, but the fortunate thing is that he appears to be truly ineffective in taking the lead in implementing any of them.

"ever notice how the Demos hate rich people, but they seem to have more rich donors than the Republicans"

That has escaped pretty much everybody's notice but yours. You really should get out more.

"Those that don't do Blog."

Given your blogging presence here, should we take that as an admission of your political ineptitude?

Porter 11 years, 8 months ago

Drive-by media, trial lawyers, the "marriage amendment"....ditto-head? Turn off Rush and read a newspaper, PLEASE! Stop getting all your bits of wisdom from Limbaugh and O'Reilly.

xenophonschild 11 years, 8 months ago


What a gaggle of elitist tripe. What exactly do "country-club" Republicans believe that makes them in any way superior to any other segment of society . . . like Joe Six-Pack.

Do country-club Republicans support limited government, low taxes, balanced budgets, separation of church and state, personal responsibility, and a full complement of civil liberties that used to define the Repuplican Party?

Or do they support the present regime of bungling incompetence that seeks to vastly expand government control over our lives, finagle tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans, extend government unfunded obligations to $43 trillion dollars, co-opt Christianity so that it is a mere adjunct to Republican Party propaganda, hang the middle-class out to dry, and suborn to irrelevance traditional American values that make us unique among all the nations that ever existed.?

Republicans have betrayed us. They have dishonored what we are, what it means to be Americans. They have put us in peril of attack from our enemies for generations. They should be dismissed from office, at least until they learn the error of their ways and determine to do better.

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