Archive for Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Moore denounces attack ad, asks Yoder to respond

August 11, 2010


— Democratic congressional candidate Stephene Moore could glance at the television Tuesday for a reminder of how grueling the race in the 3rd District will be over the next three months.

A political advertisement in rotation since the conclusion of the August primary portrays Moore as a liberal eager to do House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's bidding in Washington, D.C.

Moore, working to follow her husband, retiring U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore, into national politics, said the spot sponsored by Americans for Prosperity didn't pass the truth test. She is a fiscal conservative and Dennis Moore took the same approach in Congress, she said.

"There are definitely misleading elements in this ad," she said. "I'm going to stand up and work for Kansans in Congress. I think it's unfortunate that negative ads are already airing."

State Rep. Kevin Yoder, an Overland Park Republican, won a nine-person GOP primary to earn the 3rd District nomination. The geographically compact district encompasses Wyandotte and Johnson counties, which anchor the west side of the Kansas City metropolitan area, and a portion of Douglas County, including half of Lawrence.

Moore said Yoder should denounce the TV assault and disavow the attempt to characterize her as a clone of the House speaker from California.

"I'd be nice if Mr. Yoder didn't remain silent on this," Moore said. "Voters want a break."

Travis Smith, Yoder's campaign manager, said Moore's concerns about ad content should be directed at Americans for Prosperity, a national organization with a chapter in Kansas that advocates for limited government and free markets.

"If Mrs. Moore wants every ad taken down that points out her record on the issues, then this is going to be a long campaign," Smith said. "She should, instead, answer questions about why she supports cap and trade, Obamacare and the stimulus plan that failed to stimulate anything but the size of government."

Derrick Sontag, Kansas director for Americans for Prosperity, said the commercial appearing in the Kansas City market couldn't be accurately defined as negative.

"It's an ad talking about positions she'd be taking," Sontag said. "To me, negative campaigning is when you start talking about personal lives."

The $147,000, eight-day ad campaign on network and cable channels says Dennis Moore and Pelosi joined with other Democrats to control the U.S. House in a period when federal spending skyrocketed, the deficit escalated and 100,000 Kansans were jobless.

Sontag said the ad appropriately urged viewers to quiz the Democratic candidate for Congress, "Will she work for Kansas or Nancy Pelosi?"

Moore said she is working hard to engage the district's voters without blanketing the airwaves with commercials denouncing her opponent. She doubted the approach taken by Americans for Prosperity would resonate with the electorate in November.

Based on Yoder's conduct in the primary against fellow Republicans, she said, it would come as no surprise if he remained quiet as his allies aired a "negative attack" during the first week of the general election.

"It's going to be an interesting race," Moore said. "The focus needs to stay on the issues."


LogicMan 7 years, 9 months ago

"[Moore is] a fiscal conservative and Dennis Moore took the same approach in Congress"

A statement that could have been straight out of the Ministry of Truth (book: "1984").

Remember that DM went against the vast majority of his constituents and voted for the massive spending program called health care reform. And the $700B+ stimulus.

Yoder isn't perfect, but will be much better than either of those two.

Steve Jacob 7 years, 9 months ago

Nancy Pelosi is poison this election, so much so I would not be surprised if she was replaced as Speaker after the upcoming election.

avoice 7 years, 9 months ago

Have you noticed that whatever group (RNC?) created this ad has the same ad running on the Missouri side against Carnahan? Only the visuals and names of the candidates have been changed.

Jimo 7 years, 9 months ago

Been travelling to Cali and haven't seen the ad. From LJW's description, it doesn't sound like much.

Political advertising can be both fair and irrelevant at the same time. This I suspect doesn't change a single vote. Moore will do the bidding of Pelosi and Yoder dreams of being a Koch Industries poodle. What else is new?

kansanjayhawk 7 years, 9 months ago

She is a liberal and now she is trying to hide it. Watch our for the light! It is time for her to go off into retirement with her other liberal friends and let the clean up crew have some room to work.

kansanjayhawk 7 years, 9 months ago

She is a liberal and now she is trying to hide it. Watch our for the light! It is time for her to go off into retirement with her other liberal friends and let the clean up crew have some room to work.

galwaygal 7 years, 9 months ago

Stephene Moore may be married to Dennis Moore but she is not Dennis Moore. She should be judged on her own merit and record. If voters disagree with her position on issues, then they should not vote for her on that basis and no other. But to suggest that she is merely an extension of her husband denies her right to be judged for her own candidacy. And by the way, since she doesn't hold an elective office, how can she "retire"?

galwaygal 7 years, 9 months ago

It's up to a sophisticated voter to find that out prior to voting. Citizens have the right and the duty to be well informed when they enter the voting booth. Disagreement with any candidate is legitimate if based on facts, not suppositions, rumors or idle speculation.

kansastruthteller 7 years, 9 months ago

Okay, so tell me what voting record does she have? The post to which I replied stated she should be judged on her own record, not her husband's. She has, to my knowledge, no record so you can't judge her by her record.

galwaygal 7 years, 9 months ago

Nobody said it was easy being an informed voter. But we are not zombies nor should we be led by anyone else's hyperbole. Everyone can search for info for any candidate. Study, evaluate and then vote based on her stated position on issues. Given that she has not held elective office, and if that bothers you because you can't find a voting record, then surely there is still time for you to do your due diligence prior to voting.

texburgh 7 years, 9 months ago

And AFP's Derrick Sontag took an enormous departure bonus from the Kansas Republican leadership (taxpayer money) when he left his government job to take a new job attacking anyone who works for government. I believe the journal world reported on this when it was discovered that Mike O'Neal paid his chief of staff a $20,000 signing bonus on top of his $80,000 salary (all taxpayer money). If I am not mistaken, Derrick and his wife both left their government jobs and took bonuses totaling $15,000. When the LJW reports who is really supporting excessive government spending, perhaps they could remind readers of these facts.

And the Sontags and AFP are really not against excessive government spending. They say nothing about the real drain on the taxpayers - two Republican created wars that are costing us trillions of dollars - wars with no apparent end. Republican wars that are so expensive, we can't afford health care for working Americans, a real economic stimulus plan to put Americans back to work, and investments in clean energy technology that would eliminate the need for cap and trade.

The entire Republican and AFP economic stimulus plan is to give the wealthy more money and let the rest of us seek jobs in the military so we can perpetuate their foolish wars.

Richard Heckler 7 years, 9 months ago

We would not need a stimulus plan if republicans were not economic failures meaning they destroy economies,retirement plans and the job market.

Let's see..

This is what I mean:

  1. The Reagan/ Bush Savings and Loan Heist "There are several ways in which the Bush family plays into the Savings and Loan scandal, which involves not only many members of the Bush family but also many other politicians that are still in office and were part of the Bush Jr. administration. Jeb Bush, George Bush Sr., and his son Neil Bush have all been implicated in the Savings and Loan Scandal, which cost American tax payers over $1.4 TRILLION dollars (note that this was about one quarter of our national debt").

  2. The Bush/Cheney Wall Street Bank Fraud on Consumers "And, yes, substantial fraud was involved. For example, mortgage companies and banks used deceit to get people to take on mortgages when there was no possibility that the borrowers would be able to meet the payments. Not only was this fraud, but this fraud depended on government authorities ignoring their regulatory responsibilities."

  3. Only 3 major Financial Institutions Were at Risk In Spite of What Were Told ? "There were just a handful of institutions that were terribly weakened. AIG the insurer, Bank of America, Citigroup, those three were clearly in very weakened form. So, many of the other big banks were not.

  4. Privatizing Social Security Would Place the Nations Economy at Risk "Social Security privatization will raise the size of the government's deficit to nearly $700 billion per year for the next 20 years, almost tripling the size of the national debt.

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."

Would cost taxpayers about $4 trillion dollars.

Number 1,2 and 3 did put economies in the tank , ruined retirement plans,cost employees their medical insurance coverage not to mention taking out about 17 million jobs.

Flap Doodle 7 years, 9 months ago

Woo hoo! Haven't seen those links in a couple of days, merrill. I was beginning to to wonder if you had finally gotten as tired of posting them as we are of seeing them.

Richard Heckler 7 years, 9 months ago

Kevin Yoder has officially become one of the sheep. Running a campaign without substance is the first indicator.

Ms Moore discussing the real issues has not been a republican strong point since 1980. Republicans have no plans for new jobs or industry.

Ms Stephene Moore there is ammo here for your campaign. The reason democrats get beat is because they don't remind voters of repub history. Voters have very short memories.

I suspect Stephene Moore will be a conservative democrat as was Dennis Moore.

Americans for Prosperity represents giving away tax dollars to the wealthy !% and like corporate america. That means all other pay more more more and more taxes. Corporate welfare and "tax breaks" = tax increases for everybody else.

Americans for Prosperity = tax increases for the greater majority of the nation!

Danimal 7 years, 9 months ago

Yoder is a turncoat, career politician of the worst kind. If the people of Kansas' 3rd District are dumb enough to elect him just because he's the Republican nominee, they deserve him. Seriously, I'm a Republican and I'm not a huge fan of any Moores, but I think I'd rather give Stephene a crack at the House than Yoder. Yoder will almost certainly get elected, and Congress will have another well-coiffed, impeccably dressed egomaniac who would probably suffer little hesitation killing his own parents if it meant being able to stay in office. Why can't we have the old days back when there were people of substance in government?

gccs14r 7 years, 9 months ago

I wish we had an actual Liberal running, but Stephene will have to do. Yoder is an idiot.

BigDog 7 years, 9 months ago

Dennis Moore at one time was more conservative. If you look at his record over the last several years he votes with the Democratic majority probably 95% or better of the time.

Little did we know that when Dennis retired to "spend time with family" it was with his grandchildren from his first wife and not his third wife Stephene.

Kevin Yoder has challenged her to discuss issues.

Mike Ford 7 years, 9 months ago

snap pop no crackle if you realized that someone like merrill has your number why don't you quit denigrating the obivous and admit he has your parties issues and problems down to the "T". it must suck to be faced with facts you can't refute...

deskboy04 7 years, 9 months ago

Yoder will do whatever he can to get elected.

douglas6280 7 years, 9 months ago

Stephene Moore ha ha ha -- welcome to the real world!

Brad Avery 7 years, 9 months ago

If the Democrats play it smart, they will run a constant stream of ads showing John Boehner shouting "hell, no" on the floor of the House of Representatives . The prototypical Repubican candidate solution to every problem.

bearded_gnome 7 years, 9 months ago

Denny Moore was a fiscal conservative?

and, .. I am the Hapsburg heir to the Holy Roman Empire throne too!

since Mr. Obama's election. Denny Moore has repeatedly voted for terribly irresponsible spending, and taxation against representation for americans, voting directly in the face of americans' choices.
yes, Stephie Moore will be a clone of Nan Pelosi.

no, I was not a Yoder-voter, [lame] in the primary, I voted for a more substantial conservative, the girl who signed the pledge to repeal Obama's health insurance debacle.

but Yoder will be lightyears better than somebody with Moore in her name.

besides, I thought she's a nurse. is she getting out of nursing since Obama's health insurance debacle will actually make nurses more scarce in a lot of settings?

Fred Whitehead Jr. 7 years, 9 months ago

Given the fact that the Republican Terrorist Party has absolutely nothing to present to voters but puss bimbo and his cronies in slander and misrepresentation, I would not worry to much. This obviously slanted and vicious tactic usually does not work, but for the Republican Terrorist party, who has to paint all comers as "liberals". "socialists", "communists", "athiests", "Pelosisists" and other quasi- meaningful terms, this sort of thing should be expected. (Since when did it become a CRIME to be a liberal??????) As for Yoder, I do not know much about him, I do not know if he and his campaign are behind this political slander, but I am waiting to hear something positive from any Republican Terrorist candidate.


I thought so

Mike Ford 7 years, 9 months ago

since this ad is being backed by the Koch Brothers maybe someone should ask them where all of the oil royalties are that they stole from wells on the Osage Reservation are... all dumblicans leave a trail of deceit at some point...

onlybraininlawrence 7 years, 9 months ago

The comment above should be removed, it's anti-Semitic

Richard Heckler 7 years, 9 months ago

Perfectly Legal:

The Covert Campaign to Rig our Tax System to Benefit the Super Rich- and Cheat Everyone Else

by David Cay Johnston( registered republican)

In this book David Cay Johnston reveals how little our elected officials know about taxes meaning they cannot discuss them to any depth.

Richard Heckler 7 years, 9 months ago

"Travis Smith, Yoder's campaign manager, said Moore's concerns about ad content should be directed at Americans for Prosperity, a national organization with a chapter in Kansas that advocates for limited government and free markets"

Yoder should be better informed about his campaign and answer any questions rapidly without hesitation if Yoder knows what he is talking about.

Describing all democrats as clones to the house speaker is lame and without foundation.

TopJayhawk 7 years, 9 months ago

She doesn't pass the smell test. Get a real job, and quit mooching off of us.
Your husband retired because if he didn't, he was going to get retired for selling out. Now he wants her to have his job. Get real.

Richard Heckler 7 years, 9 months ago

The myth of the Social Security system's financial shortfall,0,1359956.column

The old age and disability trust funds, which hold the system's surplus, grew in 2009 by $122 billion, to $2.5 trillion. The program paid out $675 billion to 53 million beneficiaries — men, women and children — with administrative costs of 0.9% of expenditures. For all you privatization advocates out there, you'd be lucky to find a retirement and insurance plan of this complexity with an administrative fee less than five or 10 times that ratio.

This year and next, the program's costs will exceed its take from the payroll tax and income tax on benefits. That's an artifact of the recession, and it's expected to reverse from 2012 through 2014. The difference is covered by the program's other income source — interest on the Treasury bonds in the Social Security trust fund.

That brings us back to this supposed $41-billion "shortfall," which exists only if you decide not to count interest due of about $118 billion.

And that, in turn, leads us to the convoluted subject of the trust fund, which for some two decades has been the prime target of the crowd trying to bamboozle Americans into thinking Social Security is insolvent, bankrupt, broke — pick any term you wish, because they're all wrong. The trust fund is the mechanism by which baby boomers have pre-funded their own (OK, our own) retirements. When tax receipts fall short, its bonds are redeemed by the government to cover the gap.

Despite what Social Security's enemies love to claim, the trust fund is not a myth, it's not mere paper. It's real money, and it represents the savings of every worker paying into the system today. So I'm going to train a microscope on it.

What trips up many people about the trust fund is the notion that redeeming the bonds in the fund to produce cash for Social Security is the equivalent of "the government" paying money to "the government." Superficially, this resembles transferring a dollar from your brown pants to your gray pants — you're no more or less flush than you were before changing pants.

But that assumes every one of us contributes equally to "the government," and by equal methods — you, me and the chairman of Goldman Sachs.

The truth is that there are two separate tax programs at work here — the payroll tax and the income tax — and they affect Americans in different ways. The first pays for Social Security and the second for the rest of the federal budget.

More to the story:,0,1359956.column

(Politicians Yoder, Moran and Brownback seem to be among the uninformed)

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