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September 3, 2008


Election 2008

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— The Kansas Democratic Party on Tuesday said Republican 2nd Congressional District candidate Lynn Jenkins' "outsider" image has been undermined by the National Republican Congressional Committee, which will spend $580,000 in television ads to help her try to defeat U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda, the Democratic incumbent.

"Lynn Jenkins founded her campaign on the fantasy that she is an 'outsider' who can change Washington," said Mike Gaughan, executive director of the state Democratic Party. "Yet she has made no effort to reject the half a million dollars these Washington insiders handed over to her campaign."

Josh Hersh, a spokesman for Jenkins, however, said the NRCC assist wouldn't change Jenkins' message of independence.

"Throughout the primary, Lynn was consistent that Republican leadership had failed to lead, especially on spending and the national debt," Hersh said. He added that Boyda's independence should be questioned because of funds she has received from special interest political action committees.

Jenkins and Boyda face off in the Nov. 4 general election for the district that includes western Lawrence, Topeka, Manhattan and much of southeastern Kansas.

Last month, Boyda publicly denounced an effort by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which had said it would spend $1.2 million in ads to help her.

Boyda asked the DNCCC to "get the heck out of my race," and when it complied, she said, "This is terrific news for anyone who believes that Kansas voters should control Kansas campaigns."

She urged Jenkins to follow her lead, but Jenkins declined.

On Tuesday, Hersh said that Boyda has taken a large amount of campaign funds from PACs.

As of July 30, Boyda had raised $1.24 million, with roughly 67 percent coming from individual contributions and 32 percent from PACs, according to figures compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics, which are available at Jenkins reported raising $760,000 with roughly 79 percent coming from individual contributions, 13 percent from her own pocket and 6 percent from PACs.

Boyda's campaign, however, has said she is independent and 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.


Godot 9 years, 9 months ago

riiiiiigghhhttt. Did she turn down the free ad from Rothschild? Nope. Her people planted it.

Orwell 9 years, 9 months ago

Just what we need Jenkins as a freshman Congresswoman bought & paid for by the wonderful folks who gave us Mark Foley and Duke Cunningham. Would she represent our district or the Republican leadership? Would she take us back as far to the extreme right as Ryun, who now supports her?While we're on the subject, can anyone tell me who's funding these endless, faceless robo-calls making up stories about Boyda? I think it would be nice to know who they are, where they're from and what they would stand to gain.

Godot 9 years, 9 months ago

This is not news, it is a free ad for Boyda. How much money did Boyda receive from outsiders and the DNC when she ran for her first term? If this article included that little tidbit of information, this might, just might, pass for news.

Orwell 9 years, 9 months ago

Boyda didn't want the DNC money in 2006. She told them, but couldn't force them, to butt out, and DNCC "support" almost cost her the election rather than helping her. This time she was successful in telling them to go away. Apparently Jenkins can't, or won't, do the same with the leadership of her party.

Godot 9 years, 9 months ago

You don't need outside contributions when you have one of the major newspapers in the district in your pocket.

BigDog 9 years, 9 months ago

If she wanted to be "independent" then Congresswoman Boyda shouldn't take funding from PACs .... PACs funds probably leaves you more beholden to someone than party funding ..... Boyda has received 1/3 of her campaign funds from PACS ..... including the Leadership PACs of Nancy Pelosi, Charles Rangel, and other Democratic House Leaders.

dagopman 9 years, 9 months ago

If Boyda were truly independent as she says, she'd reject money from the leadership of the Democratic party. She hasn't, so she isn't independent. Just another politician.

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