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Boyda calls for Jenkins to shun outside boosts

August 10, 2008


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U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda, D-Kan., has turned her back on $1.2 million from outside Democratic help, saying she wants to maintain an independent campaign for re-election.

"I hope my opponent will join me to demand that these out-of-state groups keep out of Kansas," Boyda said.

Lynn Jenkins, the Republican candidate, declined the offer.

"It's free speech," Jenkins said. "Let anybody come tell their story and let the voters sort it out."

Jenkins is trying to unseat Boyda in the 2nd Congressional District, which includes western Lawrence, Topeka, Manhattan and southeastern Kansas.

In July, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced it was going to spend $1.2 million in campaign commercials to help Boyda.

In federal elections, third-party groups, such as the DCCC, can raise and spend money to support or defeat candidates, as long as they operate independently from the candidate's campaign.

Federal law kept Boyda from directly asking the DCCC to stay out of the contest, but she said in media reports that she wanted the DCCC to "get the heck out of my race."

Last week, the DCCC complied with Boyda's request.

"This is terrific news for anyone who believes that Kansas voters should control Kansas campaigns," Boyda said. "By canceling their ads, the DCCC has given Kansas the opportunity to run our election without Washington interference."

But Republican Party officials weren't impressed. They criticized Boyda when the DCCC announced it would spend money in her race, and they criticized her when the group decided not to.

Christian Morgan, executive director of the state GOP, said the move by the DCCC not to get involved in the 2nd District race was a business decision.

"It appears that the DCCC doesn't think Nancy Boyda can beat Lynn Jenkins and has decided to spend their dollars elsewhere," Morgan said.

The DCCC disagreed.

"Rep. Boyda is well on her way to victory, and this is nothing more than delusional spin coming from the wounded and divided Republican Party," DCCC spokesman Ryan Rudominer said.

Boyda has already been the target of ads by independent groups that try to help Republicans. The national conservative organization Freedom's Watch has run radio and newspaper ads against Boyda, the most recent of which criticized her about energy policy. Both Boyda and Jenkins support increased domestic drilling for oil.

Jenkins' campaign said if Boyda wanted to remove all outside influences from her campaign, then she should send back donations she received from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y. Leadership PACs from the two have donated $20,000 to Boyda.

But Boyda's campaign said there is no argument about Boyda's independence in dealing with House Democratic leaders. Her campaign noted that in a recent ranking by the National Journal, Boyda's voting record was in the center of the House between conservatives and liberals. The Journal analyzed 107 key votes in the House in 2007.


Boston_Corbett 9 years, 10 months ago

You read it here first.Richard is against "Free Speech."

yankeelady 9 years, 10 months ago

Jenkins obviously feels she needs all the "help" she can get. I noticed in her first speech after winning the primary she was slanting Boyda's record. It never ends.

Richard Heckler 9 years, 10 months ago

Lynn Jenkins is obviously concerned about her ability to win. For her to think this is about free speech and not special interest influence shows Lynn Jenkins is not paying attention. Ms Jenkins did you know special interest money represents corruption?"Free Speech" is the favorite neoconservative reply. How does back door special interest influence dollars represent "Free Speech"? The more dollars a special interest spends means the more back door free speech hmmmmm. That is an interesting concept. Exactly what Jim Ryun would embrace. Failing to meet the Boyda challenge only contributes to the huge problem of special interest money controlling our government policies and elections.Demand a change on the 2008 ballot. Lets's demand a new system and vote in Fair Vote America : Big money candidates are more beholden than ever to corporate special interests . How do they have time to do the job they were elected to do? We need public financing of campaigns. Citizens cannot afford special interest money campaigns for it is the citizens that get left out. would be against Public Funding? The special interest money providers and their bought and paid for politicians!

kusp8 9 years, 10 months ago

When I lived in Topeka I went to church with Nancy Boyda, and she was basically the reversal of George Bush. What I mean by that is; George Bush has, for the most part, horrendous policies but I think I would definitely enjoy having a beer with him. However, Boyda is the opposite, decent, not great, decent, policies, but I would nnnnever want to have a beer with her. She is one of the most self-absorbed person I've ever met.

Godot 9 years, 10 months ago

It is not much of a sacrifice for Boyda give up outside money. As an incumbent, she has been campaigning for at least three years, two of them on the taxpayer dime.I have agreed with only one of Boyda's votes in her first term in Congress; that was her Nay vote on the mortgage rescue bill the second time it came before the house.

Richard Heckler 9 years, 10 months ago

Neoconservatives introduced the concept of special interest dollars as free speech. How does back door special interest influence dollars represent "Free Speech"?The more dollars a special interest spends means the more back door free speech hmmmmm. That is an interesting concept. Special interest money does breed corruption and affect votes.

Centerville 9 years, 10 months ago

Would you take advice from someone who is opposed to tax cuts and free speech. No. Sorry, Nancy, no one, especially Lynn Jenkins, takes you seriously.

63BC 9 years, 10 months ago

The remedy to any sort of objectionable speech is more speech, not less.Jenkins seems to get this. Boyda not so much.

conservative88 9 years, 10 months ago

63BC your right....if you see something youd dont like on TV...GO GOOGLE IT... find the answer and consider yourself informed.

SettingTheRecordStraight 9 years, 10 months ago

Ag-Pimping a different slate of websites, I see.

VTHawk 9 years, 10 months ago

BTW, the chart key is as follows: Total Gifts/%Republican/ %Democrat

Stephen Roberts 9 years, 10 months ago

Did Boyda get DCC help when she ran against the incumbent Congressman Ryun two years ago? If so, why the change?

VTHawk 9 years, 10 months ago

Well, then, if special interest money is corruption, I assume that Merrill condems the Democrats for accepting the vast majority of it... American Fedn of State, County & Municipal Employees $39,590,603 98% 1% 2 AT&T Inc $39,449,726 43% 56% 3 National Assn of Realtors $32,869,456 47% 52% 4 American Assn for Justice $29,160,389 90% 9% 5 Goldman Sachs $29,066,962 62% 36% 6 Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $28,489,834 97% 2% 7 National Education Assn $28,136,629 93% 6% 8 Laborers Union $26,707,839 91% 7% 9 Service Employees International Union $26,560,513 95% 3% 10 Carpenters & Joiners Union $25,745,082 89% 9% 11 Teamsters Union $25,269,372 92% 7% 12 American Medical Assn $25,041,071 38% 61% 13 Communications Workers of America $25,019,919 99% 0% 14 Citigroup Inc $24,675,225 49% 49% 15 American Federation of Teachers $24,393,943 98% 0% 16 United Auto Workers $24,345,870 98% 0% 17 Machinists & Aerospace Workers Union $23,341,336 98% 0%

1029 9 years, 10 months ago

This is too funny:"It appears that the DCCC doesn't think Nancy Boyda can beat Lynn Jenkins and has decided to spend their dollars elsewhere," Morgan said.Is there any half-way intelligent human--Republican or Democrat--who doesn't recognize this remark as "delusional spin"? Does Morgan think Kansans are a bunch of idiots?

Bladerunner 9 years, 10 months ago

Seems to me she just screwed the Kansas economy out of 1.2 million dollars. Thanks Nancy.

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