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Lightner to seek Republican nomination for Moore’s 3rd District seat

August 31, 2009

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Patricia Lightner, a former state representative from Olathe, says she is running for the Republican nomination for the 3rd Congressional District, which is currently represented by U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Kan.

Lightner served in the Kansas House from 1999 to 2004. She lost a bid for the 3rd District GOP nomination in 2004 to Kris Kobach, who was eventually defeated by Moore.

The 3rd District includes east Lawrence.

Lightner said she was running because of her concern “over the loss of liberty stemming from legislation coming out of Congress and the Obama administration.”

Comments

Bobo Fleming 5 years, 3 months ago

Dennis getting a little cocky. No Dem should ever be too cocky in Kansas. He was elected because the Reps split between the yahoo right wing and the moderates. But now I think the split is over. There is more to bring them together than keep them apart. So Dennis keep avoiding those townhall meetings and just be a little cocky and a little smug and you might have a big surprise in 2010

Paul Decelles 5 years, 3 months ago

I usually vote Democratic but I like to have a race with a Republican I can at least consider-that hasn't happened for quite some time in this congressional district let alone at the state level.

As for Moore, he should take a lesson from his colleague Emmanuel Cleaver who did a masterful job of running his town meeting.

Lightner has to really show me that she is serious about individual liberties and not going to degenerate into a Kris Kobach/Ben Hodge clone.

tscherer1 5 years, 3 months ago

Life, liberty and pursuit of happiness is the backbone of our nation. Especially, individual liberty. I merely wonder how that tranlates to helping the voters and non-voters of Douglas Co. and the city of Lawrence?

As one of the other candidates for Congress for the 3rd District, I like being a little more specific related to my own campaign for U.S. Congress.

meggers 5 years, 3 months ago

I'd love to know precisely what liberties Ms. Lightner believes she has lost under the current administration. She sounds more like a fear peddler than a leader. I wonder if people will show up at her rallies with AK47's and a hitler mustache affixed to the image of President Obama. That seems to be the theme these days- put out just enough misinformation to keep the lynch mob good and stirred up, and then hope the saturation of lies soaks through to enough voters to win the next election.

Not particularly clever or ethical, but certainly effective.

ralphralph 5 years, 3 months ago

"Especially, individual liberty"? What other kind of liberty is there? Either we are each free, or we are not. Lately, it's been tending toward "not".

LibertyandJustice 5 years, 3 months ago

Patricia Lightner says "We need to always promote policies which encourage economic freedom and entrepreneurship by removing impediments to growth such as high taxes or excessive regulations."

She believes "Our troops and our intelligence officers must be given every tool they need to do their jobs and keep this country safe."

If you want to ask Lightner a question? Each week, Lightner will be having a "meet and greet" at various locations throughout the 3rd District. Her next gathering will be this Thursday, September 3rd:

Ask Patricia: Meet & Greet with Patricia Lightner Bring Your Questions!

Thursday, September 3 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Toad's Pub & Perk NW Corner -135th and Quivira

Stop by after work for a drink and get to know more about her message of liberty, and strategy to reclaim the 3rd District.

llama726 5 years, 3 months ago

Why didn't Dennis have a town hall meeting? Because people threatened his life. Maybe if the lunatic fringe of the Republican party could be reigned in by the party's leaders, things would be different.

My call? Dennis wins his seat again. What personal liberties have we lost, exactly?

meggers 5 years, 3 months ago

Patricia Lightner says “We need to always promote policies which encourage economic freedom and entrepreneurship by removing impediments to growth such as high taxes or excessive regulations.”

Impediments to growth, such as a crumbling financial infrastructure that brought us to the brink of a depression, due to unregulated markets and unscrupulous practices? Are you talking about lowering taxes, while at the same time, allowing health care costs, homeowner's insurance, utility rates, fuels, and just about everythjing else to skyrocket? It doesn't matter how much we're allowed to keep in our pockets on tax day, if we're being nickeled and dimed ten-fold throughout the year- and especially without seeing any actual benefit.

She believes “Our troops and our intelligence officers must be given every tool they need to do their jobs and keep this country safe.”

This statement is the equivalent of "When was the last time you beat your wife?" Who, in this administration, has indicated that our troops or intelligence officers should not be given every tool they need to do their jobs? Or is your comment code for torture? If so, why not just come out and say that "Our troops and intelligence officers need to be able to utilize torture in order to do their jobs and keep our country safe". Of course, morality issues aside, many of us (including many intelligence experts) would argue the effectiveness of such tactics in keeping our country safe, but at least we'd know precisely what we're debating.

If you want to have a town hall and honestly discuss these issues without the misleading political rhetoric, I for one, would be more than happy to attend. If you want to get together and speak in esoteric terms about liberty and freedom and try to scare people into thinking that Obama and the democrats are somehow un-American and a threat to our nation, you can count me out. That isn't leadership or representation- it's plain old-fashioned fear-mongering.

Bobo Fleming 5 years, 3 months ago

Come on- Dennis was Johnson County DA and had lots of threats. It didnt keep him from doing his job. He ducked the town meetings because he doesnt think he needs them. A little smug for a Dem in a Republican leaning state and district.

BigDog 5 years, 3 months ago

Why didn't Dennis have a town hall meeting? Because people threatened his life. Maybe if the lunatic fringe of the Republican party could be reigned in by the party's leaders, things would be different.

llama726 Do you know that it was a Republican or are you assuming this? You might recall if you read the papers ..... the Democratic headquarters in Denver was vandalized significantly just a week or so ago .... it too was blamed on Republicans ..... until the individual was arrested and it was an individual who had worked significantly on Democratic campaigns. Wasn't happy with how Democrats were handling the healthcare issue.

Whomever it was, if there was an actual threat, belongs behind bars. Not really a political issue when it comes to threatening someone's life.

Jimo 5 years, 3 months ago

BigDog - thanks for pointing to "the exception that proves the rule."

Not all Republicans are lunatic fringe but if one is part of the lunatic fridge the odds of being a Republican are exceedingly high.

Jimo 5 years, 3 months ago

While I'm fairly certain that "loss of liberty" is wingnut codespeak for "the black Marxist is taking away our whitepower priviledge to lord it over minorities" I am open enough minded to allow Lightner enough room to hang herself ---

Ms. Lightner (or is it Mrs. Lightner?) - please explain your approach to avoiding the loss of liberty to: (a) women's reproduction, (b) marriage rights for gays, (c) non-judicial wiretaps of all email and telephone traffic generated by Americans.

Jimo 5 years, 3 months ago

Oh, and to the "journalists" at LJW, why don't you call up Lightner for an interview and ask the question directly for the edification of the voters?

Ralph Reed 5 years, 3 months ago

Good questions Jimo. However, I don't think you'll get responses to those questions through the LJW.

MyName 5 years, 3 months ago

And how does the past 6 months compare to 6 years of warrant-less wiretaps and torture of the previous administration?

MyName 5 years, 3 months ago

And Moore probably decided to not have a town hall meeting when he realized that the only people that wanted one were right wing fringers that wouldn't vote for him anyways.

Bossa_Nova 5 years, 3 months ago

I'll vote for Moore .

A good friend of mine came back from Iraq with some serious combat related health issues and the VA snubbed him. Dennis Moore stepped in and got my him the help from the VA that he undoubtedly deserves.

MyName 5 years, 3 months ago

@BuenaVista:

The point of having a meeting is to have a dialogue. If they all want to just shout at Moore because of whatever loony political ideas they have, and none of them want to listen to him, then there's no reason to have it.

MyName 5 years, 3 months ago

Yes I agree, but he doesn't need to have a town hall meeting to listen to them. Conversely, if they aren't going to listen to him, then there's no reason to have a meeting as it would just be a waste of time.

And I'm sure that most of them aren't angry with him, judging by the fact that he's been a representative for several years.

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