Archive for Thursday, December 31, 2009

Statehouse Live: Kelly out in 2nd District race

December 31, 2009, 10:03 a.m. Updated December 31, 2009, 10:03 a.m.


— State Sen. Laura Kelly, D-Topeka, has dropped out of the race for the 2nd Congressional District, which includes west Lawrence.

“This has been a very hard decision, but it is the right one,” Kelly said Thursday in a news release.

“As the financial condition of this state has worsened, it has become clear that there are not enough hours in the day or days in the week to make it possible for me to fulfill my duties as a state senator who is the ranking member of the Senate’s budget committee and be a fulltime candidate for Congress,” she said.

Kelly was seen as the favorite to win the Democratic nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, who won the seat in 2008.

Kelly’s announcement is another in a series of setbacks for the Kansas Democratic Party.

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leedavid 8 years, 3 months ago

In this climate it would be a bad idea for a democrat to spend a lot of money running for office. There are a lot of people nationwide unhappy with democrats right now.

Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 8 years, 3 months ago

Anybody gonna run for anything? Word is that Marinovich will run in the third instead of Mayor Joe Reardon. That's worse news than this. Joe is a great candidate while Marinovich is worse news than having no candidate since she's pretty much a puppet for Dick Bond, the Republican sleaze bag.

Bruce Bertsch 8 years, 3 months ago

leedavid, HOw could anyone be worse than Lynn Jenkins?

wastewatcher 8 years, 3 months ago

Do not be fooled by what Liberal Laura says, ask to see the polls. Liberal Laura knew she had no chance because she is on the wrong side of the issues and her own polling showed it Byby Liberal Laura..

Bob_Keeshan 8 years, 3 months ago

Loony Lynn will be defeated by a potted plant in the next election.

Loony Lynn can read the writing on the wall because she is making it clear she has no interest in representing Kansas and would rather represent DC pubs.

Enjoy your last year in office, Loony Lynn.

PS - see how easy alliterative nicknames are?

Jimo 8 years, 3 months ago

"There are a lot of people nationwide unhappy with democrats right now."

There are a lot of people unhappy with incumbents right now. Polling though shows that people are less unhappy with democrats than they are republicans, however, for what that's worth. You may not see that on Fox Entertainment but it's still a fact.

But with democrats at their high-water mark and only so much money to be spread around, Kelly found out that the money was only available to incumbents and strong candidates.

basketballa0 8 years, 3 months ago

Like it or not, Kelly didn't have a chance and was smart enough to recognize that running in this environment would put an end to her political career forever. She didn't have to give up her Senate seat to run this cycle, but given the overwhelmingly conservative views of this district as a whole, the incumbant would have had the funds to tie Kelly to this very unpopular Democrat agenda in DC. Republicans would have inflicted so much damage that she would never be able to recover. This is the case with any Democrat that chooses to run. If they have future political ambitions they will take a pass on this election cycle. There is too much for them to lose. And quite frankly Jenkins votes consistant with the district and apparently has been in the district EVERY weekend unlike any Representative we've had before. She is as independent minded as any Republican in Kansas politics as evidenced by the fact she always seems to draw a challenge from the right wing of her party...Ryun and now Dennis Pyle.

diplomacy205 8 years, 3 months ago

Jimo, I looked through every poll I could find to try and substantiate your claim that " Polling though shows that people are less unhappy with democrats than they are republicans, however, for what that's worth. " but was unable to do so. Please provide a link. I would be interested in reading it.

leedavid 8 years, 3 months ago

Poll numbers....does this help?

Poll Date Sample Republicans Democrats Spread RCP Average 12/3 - 12/27 -- 43.0 41.3 Republicans +1.7 Rasmussen Reports 12/21 - 12/27 2500 LV 43 38 Republicans +5 USA Today/Gallup 12/11 - 12/13 898 RV 45 48 Democrats +3 Battleground 12/06 - 12/10 1000 LV 42 41 Republicans +1 Bloomberg 12/03 - 12/07 714 LV 42 38 Republicans +4


Considering the republicans are not even in power, that is pretty good wouldn't you think. And with the economy the way it is, the way that attempted terror attack was handled....well not looking good for democrats right now.

Jimo 8 years, 3 months ago

diplomacy - "I looked through every poll I could find"

I'm uncertain whether you're dishonest or incompetent. I'll assume for now incompetent.

p> does a decent job of aggregating polls - NBC, WSJ, AP, Rasmussen, Pew, Gallup, etc., etc. It doesn't really matter much which one you click on.

Republicans haven't been less popular in living memory (not even the Watergate GOP nadir), with some surveys falling to as few as 1 out of 5 Americans identifying themselves with the Party (some outliers going as low as 1 out of 6). That is, 80% of Americans identify themselves as Democrats or independent. How could anyone be so out of touch to not only be unable to find evidence of this but to not know it already?

Jimo 8 years, 3 months ago

thanks leedavid, but those are job approval numbers for Obama.

A) This is unrelated to where voters identify their loyalties. B) Confuses a person with Parties C) Obscures Who disappoves of What.

Obama's decline in approval comes from Democrats and independents (who I note above make up 80% of the electorate) expressing disappointment in him for reasons quite distinct - indeed, opposite - of why Republicans disapprove of him. While many GOPers think of Obama as the anti-Christ, a communist, an illegal alien, a radical socialist, etc., many Dems who disapprove of him believe him to be leading the third term for George Bush or being unwilling to exercise the power granted to him by the voters due to a misguided and hopeless search for Republicans willing to put nation over partisanship. Both many disapprove, but for wholly different reasons.

I recognize the desire to change the topic rather than face reality but, again, claiming some wave of disapproval of democrats by the public prevents republicans (of which I am one) from facing reality and constructing a platform for future electoral success.

leedavid 8 years, 3 months ago

Jimo had you looked at the link you would have seen Obama's approval ratings are doing just fine. However, democrats in congress are doing poorly. Given that we are discussing an upcoming congressional election....well you can see why I would disagree with you.

Jimo 8 years, 3 months ago

"Obama's approval ratings are doing just fine."

Huh? Define fine.

"However, democrats in congress are doing poorly."

A) no, congress is doing poorly. congress always does poorly as every respondent complains about all the members they disagree with. please tell us when either democrats or republicans in congress did not do poorly! B) democrats are doing poorly because democrat voters are disappointed that the congressmen don't vote like democrats

I have no idea what you believe you're discussing. I am discussing the proposition that voters are specially or uniquely 'unhappy with democrats right now.' The only evidence of this being put forward is off the mark. Democrats are less appealing to voters than a year ago but then again that was their high mark. What's more, the GOP is kidding themselves if they believe that disappointment with the other Party equates to approval for themselves. Many republican or independent voters who cast votes for democrats over the last 2 or 4 years will return to their natural voting patterns having dispensed their punishment to republicans but that hardly is more of temporary use if the GOP returns unrepentantly to their old tricks. To the extent that democrats show disapproval in the current environment it is a consequence of a strong anti-incumbent attitude which logically attaches more to the Party with more incumbents. There are no shortage of examples of continuing anti-republican sentiment in NY, Ariz., Florida, etc. Voters are having to face the reality that neither Party has managed affairs well and that taxpayers are on the hook for trillions of additional taxes to bail everything out. No wonder they're unhappy with government (although they should also be unhappy with their own 'something for nothing' past votes as well).

Steve Jacob 8 years, 3 months ago

People flat out don't want any party with complete control.

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