Archive for Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Jenkins criticizes Boyda for taking money from Rangel

Jenkins criticizes Boyda for taking contributions from fellow congressman

September 17, 2008


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— Republican congressional candidate Lynn Jenkins is criticizing U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda, D-Topeka, for taking campaign contributions from U.S. Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., who is under fire for owing back taxes.

Jenkins, the state treasurer, faces Boyda in the Nov. 4 general election for the 2nd Congressional District, which includes west Lawrence, Topeka, Manhattan and much of southeast Kansas.

The Jenkins campaign issued a statement saying that Boyda has joined "the culture of corruption" and that she should give Rangel's money back and demand his removal as chairman of the House tax-writing committee.

Thomas Seay, a spokesman for the Boyda campaign, said that Boyda supports an investigation into Rangel by the House Ethics Committee, and that a law that she helped write should strengthen the committee's probe.

"There's no doubt that claims of wrongdoing by public officials are serious matters that deserve thorough investigation," Seay said.

"The congresswoman absolutely believes that the Ethics Committee needs to use its new powers to dig into the allegations and find the truth," he said.

But Seay said Boyda would not return the money at this point.

"We're at such an early stage in this story. My understanding is that no law enforcement agency has even commented on the claims, and frankly, nobody knows what happened here," he said.

Rangel has conceded he did not report approximately $75,000 in rental income on a beach house he owns in the Dominican Republic, and that he owes about $5,000 in back taxes.

The House Ethics Committee is investigating, and Rangel has said he would hire an accounting firm to review his finances and issue a report on their findings.

Rangel and his political action committee have contributed $14,000 to Boyda during the current election cycle.

The Jenkins campaign also noted that Boyda voted to spend $2 million in taxpayer funds for the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service.

"The Boyda-backed Rangel 'monument to me' comes complete with a personal library and private office for the New York City congressman," the Jenkins campaign said.

But Seay said the vote was for funds already set aside in the federal budget. "Here in Kansas, we have buildings named after (U.S. Sen.) Pat Roberts and (former U.S. Sen.) Bob Dole. It's not surprising that other states have named buildings after their own elected officials," he said.


zzgoeb 9 years ago

Yeah, Rangel is a real "evil-doer" here...what about the McCain-Palin ticket, and the RNC, along with the 527 groups that have given dollars to Jenkins? Lynn needs to talk about issues, and how she can help in Congress!!!

pace 9 years ago

Jenkins sounds desperate. Is the only thing she got the republican attack dog attitude. What is she going to do? I don't think running on "the lets hate" ticket will go over for people who are tired of the only thing that congress does is point the finger at other people. A little too fast to bite, nothing else to put on the plate.

tolawdjk 9 years ago

Brilliant, Larry, just brilliant.How do you propose to "vote em all out"? Not everyone is up for re-election at the same time. While you state you don't have a problem with Boyda you state that "they all do it" so you must have a problem with Boyda.Larry, my guess is that you don't know what you want, or that what you want isn't the govt of the US.Larry: Proof that we still need the Electorial College.

ralphralph 9 years ago

Rangel is as crooked as a stick in water.If Boyda is in bed with him, so to speak, she needs to be sent home.

Flap Doodle 9 years ago

Rangel's got a lot of cash to spread around these days.

LiberalDude 9 years ago

$14,000 is only 3 of the "special" seats at the Bush fundraiser dinner that Jenkins organized. I'd rather have my campaign funded by Rangel than Bush.

Ken Miller 9 years ago

It's Electoral College. You probably should know what you are talking about before you criticize others.Rhodes Scholars all around.

Richard Heckler 9 years ago

I would not vote Jenkins!How will the rest of the U.S. economy be affected if the republicans social security privatization plan is enacted?Put simply, moving to a system of private accounts would not only put retirement income at risk--it would likely put the entire economy at risk.The current Social Security system generates powerful, economy-stimulating multiplier effects. This was part of its original intent. In the early 1930s, the vast majority of the elderly were poor. While they were working, they could not afford to both save for retirement and put food on the table, and most had no employer pension. When Social Security began, elders spent every penny of that income. In turn, each dollar they spent was spent again by the people and businesses from whom they had bought things. In much the same way, every dollar that goes out in pensions today creates about 2.5 times as much total income. If the move to private accounts reduces elders' spending levels, as almost all analysts predict, that reduction in spending will have an even larger impact on slowing economic growth.The current Social Security system also reduces the income disparity between the rich and the poor. Private accounts would increase inequality--and increased inequality hinders economic growth. For example, a 1994 World Bank study of 25 countries demonstrated that as income inequality rises, productivity growth is reduced. Market economies can fall apart completely if the level of inequality becomes too extreme. The rapid increase in income inequality that occurred in the 1920s was one of the causes of the Great Depression.

KS 9 years ago

Charlie Rangel knows how to play the game. He has been playing it for years. While he is a likable guy, he is a crook as far as I am concerned. Does anyone honestly believe that he was not aware of all the stuff that was wrong with his tax returns? The man is dumb, but not stupid and because he is a Democrat, he will not have to pay for his ways.The big "O" can help us all out. He raised $9 million last night from all those poor folks in California. The economy is in the tank (per him) and he is out in the tuxedo having a ball with Babs and company. What a hyprocrite! As they say in Texas, this guy is all hat and no cattle. Nobody likes Bush (his approval rating is + or - 30%, but yet you guys all want to support a congress that is controlled by the Dems which has an approval rating at the lowest point since the records were kept. Less than 10% That means that 90% of America thinks Congress is doing a horrible job. And Nancy says we can't blame her for the economic mess? The President (regardless of party) can't spend one red cent of your tax money without the approval of Congress. That is Nancy and Harry. They control the purse strings. Now who is more liked? If the Democrats are going to control Congress, you better get a Republican President. If the Republicans are going to control Congress, you better get a Democrat President. To me it is call "checks and balances".

KsTwister 9 years ago

Republicans and a smear campaign go hand in hand. What no issues Lynn? A party member accepting funds from another party member; perhaps you should look deep into your own. I cannot believe anyone from any party would KNOWINGLY accept tainted funds, do you??

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