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Ryun, Jenkins to face off in primary

June 10, 2008


— Former Congressman Jim Ryun says his positions haven't changed, and that's just fine with the voters of the 2nd Congressional District.

But State Treasurer Lynn Jenkins says voters want new leadership to represent the district that includes western Lawrence and Douglas County.

That sums up the different themes from the two Republicans who filed Monday to face off in the primary Aug. 5.

Ryun was a five-term congressman when Democrat Nancy Boyda defeated him in 2006 by a 51 percent to 47 percent margin. Boyda, of Topeka, is seeking re-election. The general election is Nov. 4.

While Boyda faces no primary challenger so far, the GOP contest promises to be one of the hottest in the state.

Ryun, of Lawrence, said he supports making permanent President Bush's tax cuts of 2003, the construction of a fence on the U.S.-Mexico border, and increasing oil exploration, including drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

He attributed his 2006 loss not to his political positions but to the fact that Democrats at the top of the ticket - in the governor's race and attorney general's race - won by large margins.

"This is a different lineup this time," he said.

He said he would be helped, should he win the primary and make it to the general election, because more Republicans will show up at the polls during a presidential election, and U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., is on the ballot.

But Jenkins, a former state legislator from Topeka who is in her second term as state treasurer, said Republicans, such as Ryun, blew their opportunity as the majority party in Congress, and that Democrats are not doing any better after having taken control in 2006.

"I think that Washington, D.C., Republicans failed us, and I think Washington, D.C., Democrats are failing us right now," she said. "We need new Republican leaders to go to Washington to start addressing the major issues of the day."

She said reducing the national debt, addressing gasoline prices, immigration reform and eliminating pork barrel projects were among her priorities.


Bob Forer 10 years ago

I am switching party affiliation so I can vote against Ryun. Re: Jenkins/Boyda, I see little difference. Kansas democrats and moderate republicans typically hold very similar viewpoints. And lets not forget that Boyda changed her party affiliation to run for Congresss. And by the way, what exactly has Boyda done for the people of Kansas???? Perhaps Jenkins would be a breath of fresh air. Who knows?

JohnBrown 10 years ago

I want to find out more about Jenkins. Boyda is refusing to endorse O'Bama, which is strange given her 2006 campaign slogan. Kinda like Scott Morgan.

Frank Smith 10 years ago

Why won't each of these bozos tell us where they stand on Iraq?

Richard Heckler 10 years ago

Jim Ryun hates big government but not the extraordinary benefits of being on the taxpayer payroll. How many taxpayer retirement plans does he need? He has taxpayer funded National Health Insurance yet will not support National Health Insurance for all. He blindly supports the Iraq war and the PNAC neoconservative policy of world domination. Neoconservatives are neither fiscally conservative, socially responsible nor republicans. They are however irresponsible.

Bob Forer 10 years ago

If she refuses to endorse Obama, she is in effect capitulaing to McCain, a republican who I used to have a little faith in, but whom I now hold in almost as much contempt as Bush, et. al. I very rarely vote for Republicans, but if Boyda maintains her position, Jenkins will have sewn up my vote.

Scott Tichenor 10 years ago

Jim Ryun. Morally bankrupt, looking to get a real job again so he can live off the government and do favors for his cronies in Texas.

Orwell 10 years ago

They're both wrong.Ryun's extremist positions and do-nothing record AREN'T "just fine" with 2nd District Voters. That's why he was sent packing last time.The next-to-last thing we need is two years years with Jenkins as a freshman representative from the minority party. "New leadership" with no standing will guarantee Congressional neglect of the district's needs.

Fatty_McButterpants 10 years ago

This is proof that Jim Ryun can't get any other job. Wow, elected to office because you were able to run fast back in the day. Now those are good qualifications if I've ever seen them!So he wants to decrease the amount of money the Gov't has to work with, while at the same time build a fence that will cost MORE money to build, staff, and maintain, and increase oil exploration (e.g., screw up the environment even more, destroy the habitats of thousands of creatures, etc.). Basically, he wants to bring back the same crap that got him ousted from office in the first place. Yeah. Good idea.

TopJayhawk 10 years ago

Yeah, I'm a conservative. But Ryan is a do nothing idiot who doesn't fit as either a conservative, or a liberal. You see, you have to actually do something before you can fit a mold. Instead of just being moldy.

Godot 10 years ago

I will enjoy watching two female politicians fight it out. However, my vote will go to Jenkins in the primary, and if she prevails, in the general election, as well. We need a clean slate. The approval rating of Congress is so dismal, it is clear that anyone who has served in the last 16 years does not deserve another chance. That particularly goes for politicians who slither from elected office to lobbiest and back to candidate for elected office.Clean the slate! That means neither of the party presidential candidates is deserving of our vote, either. They helped create this mess.

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