Archive for Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Ryun concedes race is tight

October 31, 2006


— U.S. Rep. Jim Ryun, R-Lawrence, today conceded that he is in a tight race with Democrat Nancy Boyda after denying for weeks that the contest was close.

Further evidence that an upset may be brewing is that President Bush reportedly will visit Topeka to help shore up support for Ryun, a five-term incumbent.

Meanwhile, statewide Republican officeholders held a rally today in the Capitol in support of Ryun.

U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., said Ryun has helped increase military facilities in the 2nd Congressional District.

"Jim Ryun has helped get it done," he said.

Boyda said her uphill bid to unseat Ryun has become a David vs. Goliath battle.

Ryun easily defeated Boyda in 2004, but Boyda says voters this year are unhappy with Ryun's adherence to national Republican Party positions and talking points on a wide range of issues.

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

For weeks, Boyda has maintained that her campaign polling showed the race had become close, while Ryun said otherwise.

But today, Ryun said the race had tightened because he Boyda has misrepresented his positions.

The Cook Political Report, an independent, non-partisan newsletter that analyzes campaigns, listed the Boyda-Ryun race as a toss-up. Four days ago, the report said the race would likely go to Ryun.

Ryun's admission about the contest came just minutes after his campaign manager Jeffrey Black dismissed reports the race was neck and neck.


jasonc_22 11 years, 6 months ago

why is this news? for weeks...WEEKS...Ryun's been msleading everyone by saying constantly he wasn't even worried about, finally, he'll go ahead and tell us he's in trouble- after independent anaylists all agree Boyda's might just kick his butt.

you better bet it is news

Ragingbear 11 years, 6 months ago

Bush in Topeka..... The Fred Phelps protest are sure to be quite enjoyable.

Cait McKnelly 11 years, 6 months ago

Our troops in Iraq DO deserve support. But they SURE as heck don't get it from the present government. Therefore they deserve our pity and our unbridled wrath with a government that pays lip service to "staying the course" while they run laughing all the way to the bank. Being asked to die for your country is one thing. It's entirely another to die for one man's overweening ego. I don't think Bush is stupid at all. His "deer in the headlights" look is the same perfected vacuous stare of the smart blond playing dumb to manipulate everyone around her. Here's another reason I think the Pubilies are facing such a hard time. How many of you personally know of (if not know) a soldier that has died or been critically injured in Iraq? From the gitgo (if not Gitmo) the Bush administration has downplayed the sacrifice these men and women have made and are making. They refused to release pictures of flag draped caskets returning from Iraq. They wanted to and have kept the sacrifices these people are making solely in the realm of numbers. Numbers can be manipulated and don't carry near the emotional punch that a picture does. But as the war has dragged on and on more and more people are becoming personally affected by it. It's the law of exponentials. More people are going to the polls with the knowledge of a young life cut down in it's prime; a kid who trick or treated with their kids when he was just a boy, a coworker's cousin, the nephew of the older couple across the street. They played with numbers and in the end numbers are what are getting to them. Mark Twain said something very wise once in a lifetime of wise sayings. He said, "Loyalty to my country always. Loyalty to the president when he deserves it." This president and his Pubily cronies do NOT deserve it.

Cait McKnelly 11 years, 6 months ago

I can't WAIT to go to the polls. So much so that I may go downtown tomorrow and vote early. Big article up on Time's website now about how the Dems are doing a BIG drive using early and mail in voting to get out their numbers. I have waited and waited to see Shrubs house of cards come tumbling down. Maybe, just maybe, the last two years of his tenure really WILL be lameduck. Now if we could just get rid of Brownback my world will be complete.

Ken Miller 11 years, 6 months ago

The 2nd District is a big place... stretching FAR beyond Lawrence. Don't forget the demographics of the entire district, and the three (3) military bases contained within. It's actually a smart (and probably pre-programmed) move on Ryun's part to say the race is close, to help get additional members of the Republican base out to vote on Nov. 7th - something that Rove would suggest.

Nancy, you ran a better race this time, but....

Ryan by 5 percentage points.

MyName 11 years, 6 months ago

It's a good thing Ryun is getting all this money from corporate PACs, otherwise he'd be toast. I'll bet that $10K from AT&T and $7K from Ernst & Young, and $5,500 from Deloitte & Touche really helped! That $10K he got from the American Bankers Association, $10K he got from the "Independent" Community Bankers association, and the other $10K from the "Independent" Insurance Agents of America couldn't have hurt either. But I'm sure he'll put the interests of Kansans and American consumers first when he's writing legislation on the House banking committee.

Just like I'm sure he'll put the interests of America first when making decisions about the war in Iraq. He won't even consider the $6,500 he got from Raytheon, the $5,000 he got from Lockheed Martin, the $5,000 he got from Boeing and the over $26,000 he got from other defense contractors. These contributions won't affect his duties on the Armed Services Committee either!

Does anybody else here think Ryun has been in Washington too long??

justthefacts 11 years, 6 months ago

Please dear dem friends, be careful. The last time there was such joy over a sure win was when Kerry surely had to beat Bush; and remember the depression that followed when that did not happen? I truly thought there'd be suicide attempts afterwards. Wait to gloat and be joyful until AFTER you know (for sure) the outcome. Unless, of course, you like the taste of crow? If your candidates win, as you expect/hope, your day will soon come. If not, you may not be quite as depressed if you don't go too far out on limbs.....

CC 11 years, 6 months ago


Welcome to the world of congressional politics. It takes boatloads of cash to run a congressional campaign. If Boyda is elected you will see similar contributors but on the liberal end of the spectrum.

The only reason Boyda may win is because it doesn't appear that Ryun likes to campaign and because she seems more intent on getting people to vote against Ryun rather than for her.

Sandman 11 years, 6 months ago

This race is not on there. It is not close.

MyName 11 years, 6 months ago

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sarahkatheryn 11 years, 6 months ago

Bush's approval in KS is 41/57 as of 10-16... maybe sending Laura out would have been a better idea.

monkeyspunk 11 years, 6 months ago


Lockheed Martin and Boeing's contributions wouldn't have anything to do with the fact that Boyda's largest contributors are unions for that particular industry, would they?

Nah, not a chance.

/end sarcasm

monkeyspunk 11 years, 6 months ago

Pretty interesting website where I found the above information.

It breaks down races by contributors, and contributors by type, such as Business vs. Ideological vs. Union.

Steve Jacob 11 years, 6 months ago

I do agree that Ryan should win. Will be close, but that's my pick.

Richard Heckler 11 years, 6 months ago

Retired Lieut. Gen. William Odom calls the Iraq War "the worst strategic mistake in the history of the United States" and draws a grim parallel with the Vietnam War. He says that US strategy in Iraq, as in Vietnam, has served almost exclusively the interests of our enemies. He says that our objectives in Vietnam passed through three phases leading to defeat. These were: (1) 1961-65, "containing" China; (2) 1965-68, obsession with US tactics, leading to "Americanization" of the war; and (3) 1968-75, phony diplomacy and self-deluding "Vietnamization." Iraq has now completed two similar phases and is entering the third, says Odom, now a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. In March he wrote in the newsletter of Harvard's Nieman Foundation:

Ryun has not supported the middle class from 2003 to date:

MyName 11 years, 6 months ago


No, the contributions to Ryun from those defense contractors have everything to do with the fact that Ryun serves on the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee, which is responsible for all Army and Air Force acquisition programs and the Readiness Subcommittee which is responsible for all military construction, installations and family housing issues. They want "their guy" to stay in office.

And I'm more worried about the banking and accounting PACs to tell you the truth. Ryun's got over $80K from them, which is more than twice what he's gotten from the defense contractors. But you've completely ignored them, so I guess you're okay with putting in a candidate that will write whatever Citigroup and JP Morgan think are good banking laws.

MyName 11 years, 6 months ago

On top of that, Ryun's gotten around $450K from PACS, with 40% of that coming from banking or defense contractor pacs, and Boyda's gotten something like $40K from PACs, so I don't see how you have much of a point equating a couple unions supporting Boyda, and the gross corporate sponsorship of Jim Ryun.

Terry Jacobsen 11 years, 6 months ago

Yeah, Boyda has aligned herself with the likes of John Kerry. She probably thinks that only undeducated people join the military too.

If she wins it will be a sad day for everyone who has ever put on a military uniform and placed themselves in harms way to protect those who can only minimize and ridicule those who have sacrificed.

MyName 11 years, 6 months ago

If she wins it will be a sad day for everyone who has ever put on a military uniform

Well yeah, because Ryun's spent so much F-ing time fighting in uniform! At least with people like Boyda, we're not getting a rubberstamp on whatever bogus war Bush cooks up.

youngitized 11 years, 6 months ago

right_thinker: The polls do not lie and Cook Political Report is an independent polling station. It seems to me that you Republicans are scared spitless. This is a typical Republican thing...attack the messenger if the facts point out that your guy is a hypocrite.

Teapot9 11 years, 6 months ago


Jamesaust 11 years, 6 months ago

A tight race can only be interpreted as bad for Ryun.

That apparently the President of the U.S. believes he can serve best by flying into Topeka 3 days before the election to support Ryun can only be interpreted as dire prospects for Ryun's bid.

That the DNC has concluded that Boyda is worthy of some real cash for the first time ever speaks clearly about the Democrats strength nationally and Ryun's vulnerability.

I still expect Ryun to win (largely due to Boyda not being all that as a candidate) but everyone now knows that the numbers will be much closer this time.

Is 2006 Ryun's last race?

bearded_gnome 11 years, 6 months ago

yes, righty, I saw that Kerryism too, WOW. making our troops out to be uneducated boobs who are "stuck" in Iraq! his explanations are only digging the hole deeper. he already called our troops in Iraq terrorists, you know.

have attended church with Jim Ryun, and if I could I 'd vote for him with no hesitation.
however, am supporting Ahner in the 3rd district. GO JIM, GO CHUCK!

GOPConservative 11 years, 6 months ago

Your vote in the upcoming election is a referendum on whether you want to increase the number of troops in Iraq or reduce them.

When the Neocons are already talking about doubling the American troop level in Iraq even before the election, they'll be talking about the re-establishing the draft after the election.

If you are 18-45 and vote for Ryun, don't complain when you find yourself in the middle of the civil war that Bush created in Iraq.

Don't complain when that conflict leads to the Christian Coalition's long-anticipated worldwide holy war with Muslims.

Don't complain when guys like Ryun continue to make a fortune from defense contractor kick backs.

Ryun's greed is endless. He could have retired on that one real estate deal alone, when he made $300,000 profit from slave labor, forced prostitution and forced abortion in the Marianas, but that was not enough to satisfy his greed.

Abramoff's kick backs to Ryun are insignificant compared to what Ryun will continue to receive in the years ahead by continuing to be wined and dined by his buddies in the defense industry.

Ryun's contacts in high places are worldwide. So far, Ryun and Bush have borrowed a trillion dollars from their commie-atheist buddies in China to give to their defense contractor buddies.

Ryun's tax-sucking monopolies have used borrowed war money to make our economy look like it is coming out of the Bush recession. Unfortunately, America's economy is much like that of a stupid kid who lives the high life while loading up his credit cards.

Eventually, the chickens come home to roost. When the Chinese completely own the American government, our children will probably be forced to learn Chinese and study the teachings of Mao. Meanwhile, Ryun will be a billionaire living in Beijing.

Ceee 11 years, 6 months ago

I don't think Bush is too stupid to realize he's being called stupid. Bush knew what Kerry clumsily expessed was an insult to him. Bush (or Karl) was clever to twist its meaning. Was Bush honest in his indignation? No. Was he spinning? Of course. No one tops the GOP for spin and Bush and Karl are masters at it.

They spin beautifully, but, unfortunately for us, once they stop the spin and address reality, they don't have much of a clue on how to govern well.

Think about: Katrina; approval of runaway spending in Congress (no vetos on pork laden bills); middle class squeeze, lack of illegal immigration enforcement; lack of support for vets returning home; wearing out of our Armed Forces; money to big Oil, big Pharma, and Halliburton; no accountability for the 800 million dollars missing in Iraq; no accountability for the failures in Iraq (think Rumsfeld); too lazy or incompetent to get after-the-fact warrants.

This President is not just good at spin, he's great. But spin doesn't win wars or build peace. Spin doesn't stop bullets from flying in Iraq. Spin doesn't keep jobs from going abroad. Spin doesn't raise the minimum wage. Spin doesn't help kids get a college education. Spin doesn't provide for the common good. Spin doesn't deal in truth. Spin distorts the truth. Yes, our President is good at spin.

Jim Ryun strongly supports our President. Just like Bush he talks a good game, but just like Bush, he doesn't deliver.

KsTwister 11 years, 6 months ago

The funniest joke I heard today was that Bin Laden was hiding in New Orleans because the government won't go there. (you have to laugh its so sad )

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