Archive for Friday, October 9, 2009

Statehouse Live: Kelly announces 2nd congressional district candidacy

October 9, 2009, 11:48 a.m. Updated October 9, 2009, 11:48 a.m.


— U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, will face a serious challenge in the 2010 election.

State Sen. Laura Kelly, D-Topeka, announced Friday that she will seek to represent the 2nd congressional district, which includes west Lawrence.

“In the last few months, people from all across the district have been urging me to run for Congress,” Kelly said in a prepared statement.

“They are tired of leaders tied to a do-or-die narrow partisan agenda that has failed our country for the last eight years. Saying no is not enough in these challenging times. People deserve common sense answers and real solutions,” she said.

Another Democrat, state Sen. Tom Holland of Baldwin City, had considered running.

But Holland said Friday that he will not run, and will support Kelly.

Kelly is in her second term in the state Senate, having defeated a Republican incumbent in a majority Republican district and then securing 57 percent of the vote in her re-election bid in 2008. A member of a small Democratic minority in the state Senate, Kelly said she has reached to Republicans to reduce business taxes, expand health clinics, reduce class size and increase accountability in schools.

“We need the same kind of independent common sense in our leaders in Congress,” she said.


KS 8 years, 8 months ago

The last thing we need in Congress right now is another Democrat. We are already broke. No party should have control over both the Congress and White House.

BigDog 8 years, 8 months ago

Believe me Laura Kelly is not the answer. If you have dealt with her you will know what I mean. She will talk trash on fellow Democrats behind their backs if they take a position that doesn't agree with her.

63BC 8 years, 8 months ago

If you think the government should run your health care, Kelly's your candidate. I'll stick with Jenkins, thanks.

Bob_Keeshan 8 years, 8 months ago

Yes, because Lynn Jenkins only wants the government to run her personal healthcare.

Everybody else is on their own.

BigDog 8 years, 8 months ago

Bob ..... I believe the Democratic health plans in Washington exclude Congress from the public option.

WilburM 8 years, 8 months ago

Partisanship aside, the first thing we need in the 2nd District is a coherent, caring Member of Congress, who can fairly represent his or her constituents. Jim Ryan failed that test, and the voters decided that Nancy Boyda failed as well. Given Lynn Jenkins' track record (in a swing district) of voting heavily Republican and getting into foolish spats over reading legislation, as well as arguing it's not her role to put forward alternatives to D policy (especially on health care), it's time, once again to have a strong challenger to a weak incumbent. Laura Kelly has demonstrated she can do the job of being a state senator. We should give her the chance to make a case for becoming a US Representative.

BigDog 8 years, 8 months ago

Laura Kelly has demonstrated she can do the job of being a state senator

Wilbur how familiar are you with Laura Kelly and her policy positions?

Bob_Keeshan 8 years, 8 months ago

BigDog, the Democratic health plans in Congress also exclude me from the public option.

Just like all employees of Congress, I already have employer provided health care. If you do, then you are also excluded from the public option. You scoundrel!

Laura Kelly has not only demonstrated she can do the job as a state senator, unlike Lynn Jenkins she has happily taken on the challenge of introducing and passing legislation despite being in the minority.

Meanwhile, every chance she gets Lynn Jenkins tells residents of the 2nd District that she doesn't matter because she is in the minority. Good thing for the residents in her State Senate district Laura Kelly doesn't feel that way.

BigDog 8 years, 8 months ago

Laura Kelly's accomplishment in Kansas would be ..... not including the legislation/policy ideas given her by Governor Seblius' office?

BigDog 8 years, 8 months ago

Bob, I am excluded from the public option for now .... under current proposals who knows how long that will last. Once my employer decides to change anything in the plan .... the plan will then be required to meet all requirements set by Congress. That can include the adding of coverage.

Why does no one talk about the impact the health care proposals would have on small business ... an 8% payroll tax on those who don't provide health insurance for their employees. How many small businesses can afford an additional 8% payroll tax?

Why no discussion on the cuts to Medicare and tax increases that Democrats plan as a way to pay for their plan?

ozzynbn 8 years, 8 months ago

No matter who ends up running and winning the seat in the district, let's hope they are not as crude as Ike Skelton from Missouri:

newmedia 8 years, 8 months ago

Bring back the " I Like Ike " button... I smell a profit here somewhere...

straightforward 8 years, 8 months ago

We need a small government approach to our nation's health care problems. Yes Sean Hannity, there are many problems. Every state has different problems. Florida and Arizona for example need better care for seniors. States like California and Michigan have high unemployment and need to help the marginalized get coverage. In Kansas, we simply need more doctors for rural parts of our state. The Pelosi administration would prefer a top down approach which only benefits the power hungry politicians. I don't know much about Sen. Kelly but each additional Democrat gives Pelosi that much more political power. I know it may not be the best reason to vote somebody in or out but that's my realistic point of view.

straightforward 8 years, 8 months ago

I'm saying that she is trying to run the show, to the detriment of the party. As much as she would like to, Pelosi doesn't set the country's agenda, that is the President's job. She spent so much of Barack's political capital on the stimulus and cap and trade that now we can't achieve real healthcare reform. Sorry about the foam...

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