Archive for Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Congressional candidates go head-to-head over energy bill vote

September 17, 2008


Election 2008

In-depth coverage of the candidates and the issues, all leading up to the Aug. 5 primary and the Nov. 4 general election.

— Republican congressional candidate Lynn Jenkins blasted U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda, D-Topeka, for voting for an energy bill. But Jenkins refused to say whether she would have voted for the bill or against it.

Jenkins and Boyda face off Nov. 4 in the 2nd congressional district race that includes west Lawrence.

"I cannot tell you specifically the bill she would or would not have voted for since Lynn's not in Congress, but what I sent you before is the criteria she would follow," said Josh Hersh in an e-mail to the Lawrence Journal-World.

Earlier, Hersh said in an e-mail "Lynn would have voted for a compromise, bipartisan bill that was crafted by Republicans and Democrats. She would not have supported a political gimmick that's been declared dead on arrival by a Democrat senator."

But Boyda defended her vote for what she called a compromise bill that passed Tuesday in the House.

For example, she said, Republicans wanted to allow off-shore drilling within 25 miles of the nation's coasts. Democrats originally wanted to limit drilling to 100 miles or beyond but then compromised to allow it within 50 miles, she said.

"Compromise is how our country has worked," Boyda said. "The other side of aisle said 'my way or the highway,'" she said.

The House approved the bill 236-189 with 221 Democrats and 15 Republicans voting for it, and 13 Democrats and 176 Republicans voting against it. Boyda and U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Lenexa, voted for the measure, while U.S. Reps. Jerry Moran, R-Hays, and Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, voted against it.


boydabloc 9 years, 6 months ago

poor little josh hersh- it was easier when you could attack Boyda anonymously, wasn't it?:-)-BB

boydabloc 9 years, 6 months ago

It'd be lovely if they needed any of us at the Boyda Campaign, but when running against folk as inept as all of you, they certainly don't need our help.And, really, just because Bounce shut down because you had a hard time dividing personal attack politics from your official job with the campaign doesn't mean anyone else would have a similar problem.-BB :-)

BigDog 9 years, 6 months ago

The legislation actually does very little to improve the energy situation.The Senate should shoot the legislation down and expose it for what it was ..... a political game. House members can say they passed an energy bill when campaigning ..... and they know most voters won't bother to look at what it actually achieves .... which is almost nothing.

LiberalDude 9 years, 6 months ago

Are you against alternative energy, Godot? Explain your reasons for being against this bill or else your no better than Jenkins.

conservative88 9 years, 6 months ago

wait BB you have time to respond to posts but not write your own..or do they have you working full time at the campaign?

LiberalDude 9 years, 6 months ago

It sounds like Boyda and her fellow Reps. in the House did a good job to me! They debated, made a compromise, and passed a bill. They can't control what the Senate does. They did their job and got a much needed bill passed.How can Jenkins criticize and then not say how she would have voted??? Boyda > Jenkins

LiberalDude 9 years, 6 months ago

The bill funds alternative energy development which we desparately need. The GOP has tried to block this because it would hurt their big oil corporation buddies.

kansanjayhawk 9 years, 6 months ago

The whole headline looks like the journal world is once again carrying water for the liberals in Congress. Shame... Shame...Shame...Oh--by the way-- Jenkins campaign could have handled the issue better.

Godot 9 years, 6 months ago

Shame on Boyda for voting for this political hit piece, waste of time, sham of an energy bill. If this bill were passed, the USA would be put way off course on the road to energy independence.We do not need representatives in Congress who create problems, rather than solve them. We need leaders who will make every effort, regardless of the political ramifications, to come up with solutions. We need leaders who are more interested in doing what is right for the taxpayers than they are in doing what is right for their political careers. Nancy Boyda has failed the test."Had enough?" You bet. Two years of Boyda were two too many.

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