Archive for Wednesday, October 22, 2008

GOP criticizes Boyda ad from Democrats

October 22, 2008


— The Republican Party says that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has launched a television ad to help incumbent U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda after announcing earlier that it would stay out of the campaign.

During the summer Boyda, who faces Republican Lynn Jenkins in the 2nd District House race, made headlines when she said that she wanted the DCCC to "get the heck out of my race."

The DCCC had said it intended to spend $1.2 million to help Boyda, a freshman legislator seeking re-election in the district that includes west Lawrence. But the DCCC then said it would comply with Boyda's efforts to maintain independence from the national party.

On Tuesday, however, an ad by the DCCC started running to help Boyda, Republican officials said. The DCCC did not return a phone call seeking comment.

Republican Party officials on the national and state level said the DCCC's move proves that Boyda is in trouble of losing the election.

"It's ironic that they are running an ad claiming that Boyda keeps her word, when the very ad is a violation of her promise to run an independent campaign," said Kansas Republican Party Executive Director Christian Morgan.

Thomas Seay, a spokesman for the Boyda campaign, said Boyda still believes the DCCC should stop.

"We haven't seen any ad, but I can tell you that Representative Boyda believes this race should be run without the interference of out-of-state groups," Seay said. "That includes the DCCC, and it includes the out-of-state groups that have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on her opponent's campaign."

Under campaign finance laws, outside independent committees can spend money on behalf of a candidate without their approval. In fact, under the law, it is illegal for the candidate and the group to coordinate. The Republican National Congressional Committee is spending money to help Jenkins.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years, 6 months ago

Jenkins can complain, but unless that complaint comes with a simultaneous denunciation of the RNC ads for her, it's completely hypocritical.

Richard Heckler 9 years, 6 months ago

Maybe Jenkins needs to do even more homework to discover what the real issues of today are and not distract voters with DCCC nonsense. Has she not a clue of what matters should be the topic of discussion?

jonas_opines 9 years, 6 months ago

Interesting parallel to this article, both in the topic and the commentary.

ralphralph 9 years, 6 months ago

I think Boyda probably IS the best candidate, but this issue points to problem she has with a lot of voters in her district: if you vote for the Good Nancy (Boyda), you are empowering the Bad Nancy (Pelosi).You can agree or disagree with the Good Nancy / Bad Nancy premise, but I can assure you that a thought of that sort is in the minds of many Kansas who don't see Bad Nancy being any better than Bush.

jafs 9 years, 6 months ago

Tom,That's clearly the most important question, I guess.

LiberalDude 9 years, 6 months ago

Why does Tom Shewmon look like he has a pillow in his belly?

LiberalDude 9 years, 6 months ago

I saw that Jenkins is having Romney come and campaign for her. Uggghhh, that's almost worse than Bush!Boyda is the best candidate here.

Richard Heckler 9 years, 6 months ago

Just what we need. Jenkins joining the facist neoconservatives with an agenda to dominate the world using the USA military forces thus putting our military people in harms way for an unknown extended period. She has no clue as to what she is talking about.At $341.4 million dollars a day in Iraq and tons of dead bodies Jenkins needs to do some homework.

GOPConservative 9 years, 6 months ago

I'm a Republican, but why is this news? Jenkins has already been running ads from all sorts of outside sources. It is hypocritical to fault Boyda for doing the same thing. If you checked the source of much of Jenkin's ad money, it is probably coming from oil companies and war profiteers just as it is for other GOP candidates like Roberts. I'm sure Boyda didn't want to do it, but given the at the frequency of the ugly attack ads that Jenkins has been running, did she really have any choice? It is sad that almost all of the Republican ads are negative attack ads. Many are downright slimy. It's really bad this year. It is times like this that make me ashamed to be a Republican. I wish my Party would get rid KKKarl Rove and his ilk before they destroy our Party's reputation with the public forever. Even though she's a Republican, given the way she's been behaving, I have serious doubts as to whether Kansas wants someone with Jenkins lack of ethics to represent us in Washington. All in all, Boyda has represented us well and appears to represent conservative values of fiscal responsibility and limited government better than Jenkins.

texburgh 9 years, 6 months ago

The DCCC runs an ad even though Boyda asked them to stay out. Boyda can not control what the DCCC does. It's something in the campaign finance rules called "coordination." If the DCCC decides to do something, they cannot and will not tell Boyda. She can't stop them. The same applies to Jenkins and Republican groups. The difference is, Boyda asked them not to and to keep it clean. Jenkins did not - she welcomes the dirty politics of today's Republican party.That's reason enough to vote for Nancy. YOu don't even have to think about Jenkins abandoning the KPERS retirees (thousands of Kansans) or "forgetting" to notify counties of accounting errors.

tallgrassconservative 9 years, 5 months ago

Maybe the State Treasurer should clean up her own office? You don't miss one-fourth of the KPERs meetings or allow a huge error to go unchecked; and claim that you are better because you are a CPA. It doesn't fly with me. I would rather vote for a moderate Democrat than an unethical, inept, self-serving, mean-spirited moderate Republican. She is conniving and has the media wrapped around her ring finger, right next to the middle one that she is constantly giving Kansas taxpayers and local government leaders.

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