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Pyle emphasizes differences from incumbent Jenkins in 2nd District GOP race

July 23, 2010


The Republican Party primary for the 2nd Congressional District features the classic split in the GOP.

U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, faces a challenge on her right from state Sen. Dennis Pyle, R-Hiawatha.

“I’m preparing to be part of a conservative Republican Congress,” Pyle said.

The district includes much of eastern Kansas including western Douglas County, Leavenworth, Manhattan and Topeka. The Republican and Democratic party winners will face off in the Nov. 2 general election, along with Libertarian Robert Garrard of Edgerton.

Pyle opposes abortion while Jenkins says she supports abortion in cases of rape, incest or if the life of the mother is at risk. Pyle has criticized Jenkins for being one of nine Republicans to vote against an amendment to stop federal funds going to Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood has said none of those federal funds go toward abortions.

Pyle has criticized Jenkins over the amount of taxpayer money she has spent on communications. And he has criticized Jenkins for votes she made when she was in the state Legislature for a tax increase.

“There’s a lot of difference between the incumbent and I,” Pyle said.

Vastly outspent by Jenkins, Pyle says he is hoping to ride the anti-government wave in the form of the tea party movement.

For her part, Jenkins says the No. 1 issue on the minds of voters is government spending and the increasing national deficit.

“Washington doesn’t have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem,” she said. She voted against President Barack Obama’s federal stimulus package, and health care reform law.

Jenkins said she has conservative credentials.

“I’m pleased to be endorsed by the American Conservative Union. Holy smokes, I think that says it all. I have an “A” rating with them. Sen. Pyle has the endorsement of Sen. Pyle.”

Asked about the tea party movement, Jenkins said she is on board.

They are “singing many of the themes I’ve been singing for years,” she said, and bring energy to politics. “These are real people. These are mommas with babies in strollers. They’re just frustrated with the direction” of the country, she said.

Jenkins, a former state House member, state senator, and state treasurer, was elected to Congress in 2008. She defeated Democrat Nancy Boyda, who served one term.

In 2002, when Jenkins was a state senator, she said she would oppose a state sales tax increase but then voted for a $294 million tax increase, which included raising sales, inheritance, cigarette and liquor taxes. Jenkins has said the tax increase was needed to balance the state’s budget.

Pyle, who has served in the state House and Senate, also is slamming Jenkins for spending $422,000 in taxpayer-funded mailings in 2009.

“That is wasteful,” Pyle said. “That is $1,100 per day on taxpayer-funded junk mail.”

Jenkins said the expense was justified to communicate with folks in the 2nd District, and that she had reduced her office budget in other areas.


Mike Ford 7 years, 10 months ago

great now we have the joker (Love that sarcastic fake smile) Gomer Pyle Moron ( No offense to Gomer Pyle) and Herr Tiahrt ( Schpreken zie Deutch ouslander?) what will these people do if elected or re-elected; nothing.... they will be rubber stamping, tax cuts to the wealthy giving, war starting, federal deregulating, lip service to godlican people, who do nothing when and if they get to office who are responsible for the mess President Obama inherited and yet want re-election so they can continue the mess. Does anyone think the dumblicans every learn a lesson? NO.... and yet their dumblican constituents come into town and re-vote these people back into nominations and office There will always be something the matter with kansas.

rbwaa 7 years, 10 months ago

"Pyle, who has served in the state House and Senate, also is slamming Jenkins for spending $422,000 in taxpayer-funded mailings in 2009."

“That is wasteful,” Pyle said. “That is $1,100 per day on taxpayer-funded junk mail.” --- i definitely agree with that and i told her so myself.

"Jenkins said the expense was justified to communicate with folks in the 2nd District, and that she had reduced her office budget in other areas." - yeah, right, she just got a jumpstart on her campaign on taxpayer money -- i don't want my taxes funding her campaign!

to paraphrase tom -- two more from the looney right

Keith 7 years, 10 months ago

Am I hearing this right? Pyle thinks Jenkins is a lefty?

mr_right_wing 7 years, 10 months ago

I've heard Pyle speak, shook his hand. I agree with this Christian, and he has my vote.

purplesage 7 years, 10 months ago

Who has the best chance of keeping this seat out of the Democrat side of the House?

Bob_Keeshan 7 years, 10 months ago

Taxes are lower under the current administration and Congress than at any time since 1950.

What was that line again about wanting more taxes?

texburgh 7 years, 10 months ago

Pyle or Jenkins? Flip a coin - they're both tools of Koch Industries and big corporations. They will both continue to support policies that trash the common working man and woman in favor of the wealthy and corporate interests. They both will preach less government while greatly expanding the power of government to enter into our personal lives.

aa469285 7 years, 10 months ago

Who exactly is the "common working man and woman," and then who is the "wealthy?" I love these ambiguous terms. Is there an "uncommon working man and woman?"

Mike Ford 7 years, 10 months ago

don't you just love how the dumblicans can let this country go to garbage over tthree bush terms and two reagan terms where bedtime for bonzo and dumya blow the budget sky high with tax cuts, supply side bs, and pointless wars, and yet when money is spent domestically these chuckleheads call welfare. I'd call the dumblicans who want everything tossed to them through tax cuts and trickle down bs the welfare people. When they are running this country into the ground, they got the spoils while people like me who worked a full time job and two part jobs to keep my health insurance get the shaft. People better wake because the wave of dumb is coming and unless you throw a book at them because they don't think they just might get a chance to wreck this country again. Tax cuts don't work when you don't have municipal revenue. It's like cutting off the water hoses in a fire instead of putting the fire out. None of the Reagan voodoo bs works but can't convince them of this like you can't convince a creationist about gravity. Why can't we import these people somewhere?

aa469285 7 years, 10 months ago

This post is utter and complete nonsense. Full of anecdotes and not one actual fact (except for you having to work multiple jobs (maybe)). Other than that, it's all your opinion about some cartoon characters. And I love how you wrap up this diatribe by saying we need to "import these people?" What does that mean? Could you mean "export?"


Richard Heckler 7 years, 10 months ago

No matter what whomever is elected they will be controlled by the republican power structure.

Just look how Brownback,Moran,Tihart and Jenkins vote.... strictly party line. If not the power structure will replace them.

Tihart and Moran brag about they supported Bush no matter what and do not support Obama no matter what. Brownback did it too. This is very very stupid and narrow minded.

Richard Heckler 7 years, 10 months ago

Why would a country ever vote republican again after these crimes against america?

  1. Bush - Reagan Iran – Contra Secret Weapons Affair

  2. Nixon's Watergate

  3. Bush/Cheney dropping the ball thus 9/11/01

  4. The Bush/Cheney money hole aka their multi-trillion dollar violent occupation of Iraq,Afghanistan,Pakistan

  5. The Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan Heist

  6. Bush family of politicians "Rebuilding America's Defences," openly advocates for total global military domination. Many PNAC members held highest-level positions in the George W. Bush administration.

  7. The Bush/Cheney Wall Street Bank Fraud on Consumers

  8. What did Bush and Henry Paulson do with the $700 billion of bail out money? This will shock you!

  9. Why did GW Bush Lie About Social Security?( This would cost taxpayers $4 trillion,place taxpayers insurance money at risk and wreck the economy) A MUST READ

  10. Still A Bad Idea – Bush Tax Cuts - The ENTITLEMENT program for the wealthy at the expense of the middle class

If some of the big money privileged class want MORE tax breaks they are available as we speak. Yes these people could start new industries and hire USA employees.

There are numerous tax breaks associated with owning a business and employing hard working USA blue and white collar workers.

In the last 30 years tax breaks have NOT kept corporate USA from supporting the Communist Chinese government with our blue and white collar jobs.

olddognewtrix 7 years, 10 months ago

Those in the Manhattan area who oppose the NBAF project would be well advised to select Jenkins as their choice for the 2nd distrct, as she has absolutely no credibility in the House and couldn't get a dime for the project.

Mike Ford 7 years, 10 months ago

aa, yeah the cartoon characters are movie actors, cia directors who throw up on japanese dignataries and their sons who think that assembling an american monarchy is more important than actual policy and being able to speak in public and actually know what the constitution is and knowing it has more to do than being the decider. I remember a shirt a couple of years ago that had Canada and Jesusland on it. Why don't we send them to jesusland. I've been through there many times there's plenty of pasture space and lots of isolationism. then they can fight amongst each other over one god.

texburgh 7 years, 10 months ago

In recent history - the ballooning of the deficit, entering into unnecessary wars, financial meltdown of unprecedented size - control has been in Republican hands. There were two years in the early 90's with Democratic control and there has been Democratic control since 2009. Since 1980 Democrats have held the presidency for 10 years; Republicans for 20. And Republicans controlled Congress from 1994 until 2009. How can one possible assert that "The Democrats have been in power for years..."?

Pepito, perhaps YOU shouldn't post while under the influence.

Mike Ford 7 years, 10 months ago

the democrats didn't push supply side economics and ketchup as a vegatable when I was 14. The democrats know the danger of moral imperialism and never seek to be as narrow minded as the church and flag wrapping gop. The nazis were moral imperialists when dietrich bonhoeffer stood against them in World War Two. I've stood against eight years of your with us or against us moral imperialism that's gone even more morally corrupt and manipulative with the tealicans. Here you have an old school god, farm and flag guy going against a slick opinionless rubber stamping neocon. And what's sadder you have an angry misinformed mob wanting to let the political arsonists back into office to burn things again. they burned things up the last times they were in office. they don't deserve another chance

TopJayhawk 7 years, 10 months ago

Until the eighties, the Dems had complete hegemony. Fifty uninterupted yrs of controlling congress. they had the White as much or more than the republicans. That gave us Jimmy Carter, and double digit inflation, interest rates, and unemployment.
It did take the Republicans to pull us out of this mess and to make the eighties among the most prosperous decade in our history.
You young'uns on here who spew hate at the Republicans are about to get a big object lesson. When the Bush tax cuts run out (the only reason Obamas administration's taxes are so low) you are going to see this economy tank like it hasen't since the thirties. If you throw cap and trade on top if it. Our economy will make the thirties seem like a garden party.
You guys remember this.
It is gonna be bad, and it won't be Bush's fault.

kansanjayhawk 7 years, 10 months ago

Pyle is running a great campaign. It is very hard to unseat an incumbent but this might be the year! I think Jenkins has definitely moved to the right in order to try to keep the seat. I'll vote for Pyle in the primary but if Jenkins makes it she is still a good choice. Join me at the tea-party next tues.

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