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Schlingensiepen over Eye in Democratic battle in Congressional District 2; will now face Jenkins

August 7, 2012

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— Pastor turned politician, Tobias Schlingensiepen, won the Democratic Party primary in the 2nd Congressional District over Lawrence attorney Robert Eye and Scott Barnhart, a farmer from Ottawa.

Tobias Schlingensiepen, Democratic candidate for Representative, 2nd District, at his election watch party at Serendipty in north Topeka, Kan. Tuesday night Aug. 7, 2012. Schlingensiepen defeated Lawrence attorney Robert Eye and Ottawa farmer Scott Barnhart, and will take on Rep. Lynn Jenkins in November.

Tobias Schlingensiepen, Democratic candidate for Representative, 2nd District, at his election watch party at Serendipty in north Topeka, Kan. Tuesday night Aug. 7, 2012. Schlingensiepen defeated Lawrence attorney Robert Eye and Ottawa farmer Scott Barnhart, and will take on Rep. Lynn Jenkins in November.

Regional voting was key in the close race that went back and forth all night between Eye and Schlingensiepen, of Topeka.

In Douglas County, Eye topped Schlingensiepen 64 percent to 30 percent, while in the larger Shawnee County, Schlingensiepen enjoyed a 64 percent to 26 percent advantage.

Across the district, which stretches through most of eastern Kansas, Schlingensiepen ended with 40 percent of the vote, while Eye had 35 percent and Barnhart, who spent nothing in the campaign, tallied about 25 percent.

Eye's communications director Virginia Phillips said after the results were in, "Bob will continue to advocate for the public interest through his career."

Schlingensiepen will face U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, in the Nov. 6 general election.

He said the focus of his campaign leading to the Nov. 6 general election will be "Jobs. Jobs for the 2nd District and jobs for the people of this country."

Jenkins, who is seeking a third term, came out swinging against Schlingensiepen. Her campaign manager Bill Roe put out a statement that said, "Congresswoman Jenkins is looking forward to a spirited campaign in which Tobias Schlingensiepen's support for Obamacare, increased taxes and deep cuts to the military are in contrast to Congresswoman Jenkins and the wishes of Kansas 2nd district voters."

Schlingensiepen said that statement "doesn't address our campaign positions at all. People are going to see a clear choice as we go forward in this campaign."

During the primary battle, Schlingensiepen, a 48-year-old minister on leave from the First Congregational Church in Topeka, criticized obstructionism in Washington, and said his background as a minister would help him bring people together for the common good.

Eye, 60, said his work as an environmental advocate, prepared him for Congress. He was one of the lead attorneys for opponents of the South Lawrence Trafficway.

Barnhart, 39, said his was fighting for small farmers. He has run unsuccessfully for several elective offices in recent years.

Schlingensiepen has entered several high profile political issues recently.

He was an outspoken critic of Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax-cutting proposal, saying it had “a moral problem” by eliminating provisions, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, aimed at helping the working poor. Brownback ended up signing a historic tax cut, but left the EITC alone.

And Schlingensiepen delivered petitions seeking the removal of House Speaker Mike O’Neal, R-Hutchinson, after O’Neal forwarded an email that referred to President Barack Obama and a Bible verse that said, “Let his days be few and brief.” O'Neal apologized but did not step down.

Last year, Schlingensiepen helped form a coalition to fight Brownback when the Republican governor proposed shutting down the Kansas Neurological Institute, which is a state hospital that serves those with profound disabilities. KNI remains open.

Jenkins, a certified public accountant from Topeka, spent six years as state treasurer before defeating former GOP Rep. Jim Ryun in the 2008 primary and then Democratic incumbent Nancy Boyda, who unseated Ryun two years earlier.

Three federal judges drew new House district boundaries after state legislators and Gov. Sam Brownback failed to accomplish the task during the last legislative session.

In the newly aligned districts, the 2nd District saw some of the most drastic changes. The new lines put Lawrence and Douglas County wholly in the 2nd, and returned Montgomery County to the 2nd, reuniting it with traditional counties of southeast Kansas. Lawrence and Douglas County had been split between the 2nd and 3rd districts for 10 years.

In the campaign finance reporting period running from April 1 through June 30, Schlingensiepen reported raising $37,100, and Eye raised $14,200. Barnhart reported no contributions. Meanwhile, Jenkins reported raising $350,000, with $210,000 coming from political action committees and $140,000 from individuals.

Comments

average 2 years, 4 months ago

Meh on Eye v. Tobias. Not that he's likely to win, but I'll hope he puts at least some fight into the run (I thought Eye might be a little more amusing in that direction).

The oddity to me was Barnhart. WTH there? 26%, but taking the majority vote in most of the counties in the new 2nd? I mean, it's not like there are a whole lot of Democratic primary voters in Fredonia or Yates Center or anything. But still, the recently-ran-as-GOP perpetual candidate with no campaign but a blog (and most of the blog posts in 2012 have been links to videos of Skynard's Freebird)? Are Eye and Tobias that unpopular down south?

Bob Forer 2 years, 4 months ago

Barnhart's appeal was that he was an "average Joe" while Eye and Tobias are seen by many as elitists from the big city. That's all I can figure.

christy kennedy 2 years, 4 months ago

"Elitists from the big city" . . . I know you're right about the sentiment in some folks, but that sure sounds funny considering we're talking about Topeka and Lawrence. I guess it's all relative.

onevote 2 years, 4 months ago

No Liberals are. Most people down there work for a living and don't like Politicians from Lawrence or Topeka.

average 2 years, 4 months ago

We can go with that premise, but why were said salt of the earth people voting in the Demoncratic primary then, instead of being registered in God's Own Party?

voevoda 2 years, 4 months ago

Maybe because the GOP so often expresses hatred for our neighbors in the community and advocates denying charity to the poor. It's the party that denies the values that God embraces.

onevote 2 years, 4 months ago

You know the whole race people gave Barnhart a hard time. The first journal world article he was wearing a tux and people commented and compared him to Hitler, called him privileged and said he was Brownback's boy and was infiltrating the Democratic Party. The second Journal World article he was wearing a polo shirt and he'd been at a funeral all day for a childhood friend of his and people made fun of the way he dressed and called him the honk for hemp man. I'm sure people will laugh at him some more over this deal. However, he spent no money and carried 16 of the 25 counties. I know Scott from the local chamber. Did you know he runs a company in which they give everything they grow away to locals in need? It is completely self-funded and it is a neat place to visit. That he has over 3000 volunteer hours with the local legion baseball program. Former teacher, union carpenter, family farmer. The Democrats screwed up by not taking a better look at this guy. Realistically he was the only one marketable enough to win the general. But L & T are to busy in-fighting to ever field a candidate they both can agree on. It is either the union supporter or the liberal and then they get whacked in the general, no wonder it is the longest running state without a Democratic Senator.

Richard Heckler 2 years, 4 months ago

Republicans keep telling the nation killing Obamacare will reduce taxes = one big lie. In reality Obamacare is slated to save $84 billion over 10 years.

Big cuts to military spending = show the voters but not with 2 second sound bites.

I say Jenkins is lying.

Bob Hechlor 2 years, 4 months ago

Under Bush, we lost jobs overseas and to Mexico every month. Since President Obama, (correct spelling and well deserved respect being used), we have added jobs every month, he has been in office after his changes took effect within a few months of his taking over. Those are the facts. If you want to not support what is working, vote for Jenkins. If you want to support what is working, vote for the democrat. Democrats know how to make the economy work for everyone. Repubs only make it work for the billionaires and wall street, which we learned from Bush, is not sustainable. Better get the facts and lose the attitude or you are just contributing to the problem.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 2 years, 4 months ago

I am gonna be roflmao watching the many anti christian liberals voting for this preacher! I'll be you won't be any anti-depressants at the free clinics! It is ok to make the correct decision and return Jenkins to office. She has done an outstanding job and will continue to do so.

msezdsit 2 years, 4 months ago

Well, cant, you are mistaking fake christians who pull themselves off as fake conservatives and claim god is on their side with Mr. Schlingensiepen. Mr. Schlingensiepen is a genuine christian who will put genuine christian values into congress which are a stark contrast from the fake christians who use christianity only for a sales and marketing scheme to sell their right wing radical agenda.

Liberty275 2 years, 4 months ago

"Mr. Schlingensiepen is a genuine christian"

Is he bonafide?

"genuine christian"

The worst kind. At least the frauds don't really believe all that hocus-pocus baloney.

msezdsit 2 years, 4 months ago

yeah, the frauds don't believe in much of anything except greed and power over all.

christy kennedy 2 years, 4 months ago

What's an anti Christian? I am an atheist and a Democrat and I appreciate Toby's progressive and humane stands on issues and hope to see him unseat Jenkins. An interest in good politicians who advocate social justice is not defined by religious beliefs or lack thereof. Your stereotyping illustrates your ignorance.

Bob Hechlor 2 years, 4 months ago

Never saw such a preponderance of ignorance in such a short statement. Congratulations.

Liberty275 2 years, 4 months ago

They have chosen a man that spoke for the god of the Europeans and snubbed an attempted protector of Native American land.

About that "Native American" stuff, this is an honest answer and maybe someone can answer it. Should what we call "Native Americans" actually "Aboriginal Americans"? I can see a problem with that because the Native Americans among us are not from earlier societies like the Calusa. Maybe that era of civilizations would be the Aboriginals. Anyone have a good answer?

msezdsit 2 years, 4 months ago

Tobias probably has a better chance to defeat Jenkins given he can draw well in the Topeka area. We certainly have given Jenkins enough time to prove she is no more than a shill for the money pits of the radical right wing "fake" republicans.

jjinks 2 years, 4 months ago

A pastor in the Democratic party? What a laugh that is. The party that dispises religion and he's wants to be a party to that? Yeah that'll work out good, what a joke, the Dems will be holding their noses on that one.

Lisa Rasor 2 years, 4 months ago

jjinks, I don't know what "dispises" is, but there are many Democrats who are also religious. It's just that Democrats generally don't use their religious beliefs to denigrate or oppress others who believe differently.

msezdsit 2 years, 4 months ago

"A pastor in the Democratic party?" Well that is your knee jerk reaction based on the radical right wing fake christian extremists continued claim that "god is on their side" therefore there couldn't possibly be a christian in the democratic party because you think you claimed that as yours. Tobias is a real christian and isn't faking anything and that is why he would make a much better congressman than all the fakers put together including most of all, Jenkins. Real Christians and their values have a natural way of landing on the side of whats best for the people as a whole. That is what makes it hard for the fake christians to fool anyone except those who wish to be fooled.

Mike Ford 2 years, 4 months ago

there is a vast difference between the zealots that crazies vote for and the theologeans that Democrats vote for. Zealots encourage the going to hell hate people in the name of god vote and interpret the bible to encourage their hate......theologeans encourage people to do good and be tolerant of all to encourage reciprocating good acts.....thinking versus hating.....coming from a preachers kid who grew up seeing the seeds of today's justified hate planted in Louisiana with the evangelical right wing movement fomented there in my 1970's childnood. They are the reason for the Southern Poverty Law Center being located at ground zero of this zealot movement..

yourworstnightmare 2 years, 4 months ago

It is my suspicion that Schlingensiepen has a broad base of democratic support, including the non-religious and atheists. I thin this will carry over into moderate republicans as well.

To most democrats and moderate republicans, economic and education issues override religion. Only to the extreme right of the GOP is religion a litmus test.

Matthew Herbert 2 years, 4 months ago

Barnhart's failure, in my opinion, was his complete inability to put together a coherent spoken sentence. I watched the q & a session the LJWorld posted and he was extremely hard to take seriously.

oyster 2 years, 4 months ago

His success, in my opinion, is that he won 15 of 26 counties and 25% of the vote while raising $0. Not exactly something you can dismiss. Personally, I thought he may not have been polished like Eye or Schlingensiepen, but some of the best moments of the 2nd forum were his. My favorite was when Eye went on about how he was going to serve on Ways and Means and Judiciary committee, down the list, and then Barnhart the simpleton makes Eye the lawyer look like an idiot by pointing out that freshmen don't get to pick a spot on the Ways & Means or Judiciary cmte. etc... Brilliant... He's not ready for Congress, but I hope he makes a career for himself in the statehouse.

average 2 years, 4 months ago

A lot of left-leaning people know that Tommy Douglas, father of Canadian healthcare-for-all, was a Baptist minister. And that liberalism and religion are considered partners in most of the world.

chootspa 2 years, 4 months ago

Only the parts of the world literate enough to actually read what Jesus said instead of taking the word of some guy on TV asking them for money.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 4 months ago

Eye would have been a welcome addition to Congress, and would have been an antidote to the massive corruption there, moral and ethical, primarily from folks claiming to be "Christians."

Schlingensiepen can do the same, and likely has a better chance of beating Jenkins in the general election. Jenkins typifies the smarmy pettiness and mean-spiritedness that have come to be the hallmarks of the new conservatism. Schlingensiepen needs to call her on it-- relentlessly.

While he is most certainly a liberal, he's still much closer to the moderate character of the majority of Kansans than Jenkins and most other members of the new GOP (Grand Old Plutocracy.)

Patricia Davis 2 years, 4 months ago

Just another atheist liberal agreeing that democrats are more "christ-like" than the mean spirited republicans of today. Jenkins is cookie jar of sound bites. No real intelligence. Hopefully moderate republicans will help us take her out.

voevoda 2 years, 4 months ago

In which party's platform are Christ's own values upheld? Feeding the hungry; healing the sick; being merciful towards the sinners; making peace; reminding the rich to share their wealth and not pretend that it makes them better people. Sounds a whole like more like the Democrats than the Republicans.

oyster 2 years, 4 months ago

Yes! I remember the part on the bible where Jesus goes ranting about abortion and gay marriage. It was in John, right, or Matthew?

chootspa 2 years, 4 months ago

Shhh, eat a chicken sandwich and pretend it makes you holy.

JackMcKee 2 years, 4 months ago

There is no way in hell that I would have voted for Eye after his performance on the SLT.

Tobias, I just don't think the guy has what it's going to take to beat Jenkins. One day after the election and Jenkins is already making Tobias look like a dork. He doesn't support the ACA? Really?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 4 months ago

That was petty and mean-spirited-- the Republican Party is just the right place for you.

Liberty275 2 years, 4 months ago

Is there a better time to kick an enemy than when he's down? You wish your party could have done to Bush what the GOP did to Clinton, Kerry, the one that cheated on his wife while she suffered cancer, Gore, Mondale, Dukakis, Carter and Kennedy (Ted, not the good one we lost to the Soviets).

Democrats generally mean well even though they are wrong about half the time, but they don't fight and frankly I think they don't fight because they don't really believe in half their own ideals. Deep down you know it is wrong to take by force from some people to give to others, and you just won't fight for something you really don't believe in.

jafs 2 years, 4 months ago

Perhaps they have a hard time imagining that half of the country are their "enemies".

Perhaps that's not a very useful way to think about it.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 4 months ago

"Deep down you know it is wrong to take by force from some people to give to others,"

The true nature of your ideology entails the further entrenchment of plutocracy, which is really nothing more than mass theft by the wealthy from those who really produce wealth. And you want to claim some moral high ground for that. Pitiful.

voevoda 2 years, 4 months ago

You can't actually criticize Mr. Schlingensiepen's stances on issues, so you make fun of his name instead? Most of us gave up that kind of behavior in middle school.

csun 2 years, 4 months ago

It's time to take the 2nd District race seriously . The registration #s have changed and a lot of voters will decide between ultra right wing Lynn and her voting record and the potential Tobias can bring to DC to support sane legislation as well as his ability to talk with and listen to anyone in the District .

csun 2 years, 4 months ago

She got the US bond rating dropped from triple A when she voted last summer to not increase the federal debt limit, threatening default on US payment obligations to debt holders. I was straight ultra right wing conservative obstructionalist blackmail.

Mike Ford 2 years, 4 months ago

Mckee, how nice and american of you to speak against an attorney whose defended the religious and cultural rights of indigenous people....you deserve to be called out.....

JackMcKee 2 years, 4 months ago

Yea, I don't vote based on candidate's misguided intentions.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 4 months ago

Yea, respect for the environment and native cultures is soooo misguided. If only he'd learn the value of five minutes of convenience.

JackMcKee 2 years, 4 months ago

Unfortunately, all Eye managed to do was file a bunch of frivolous lawsuits and appeals that ended up costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars, which had little or nothing to do with Native American culture or rights.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 4 months ago

"that ended up costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars, "

All it did was delay construction, which delayed expenditures of $hundreds of millions that the state government doesn't have, thanks to Brownback's massive gifts to the wealthy.

This highway is 99% pork directed at the wealthy, too, but since it gets you five minutes of convenience, you spout off with indignant hypocrisy.

JackMcKee 2 years, 4 months ago

You and Tushy are just two peas in one emotional and irrational little pod.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 4 months ago

Ah, the perfect distillation of a concocted reality.

Mike Ford 2 years, 4 months ago

I hear enough ignorance from White people so here it is.......your culture decided to create boarding schools to make Indians into White people culturally.....your culture put soap in the mouths of children and beat them if they spoke their language.....your government outlawed tribal religions by law in 1886 and didn't make them legal again until the 1970's.....your government and congress underfunded these boarding schools leaving children starving and with no medicine for treatable diseases....meaning children died.....meaning that your culture absolutely didn't care where they were buried.....listening to the historical denial in this community now is no different than a century ago.......I've been to the Brantford Mohawk Episcopal Residential School in Brantford Ontario Canada where they found the remains of over 200 students buried in the middle of the campus a year or so ago..... who cares??? they're only Indians......same attitude here.....why not put the area where said children were dumped on display for weekend warriors with a road through the middle of it???? let's build a road through the battlefield at the bottom of Little Roundtop at Gettysburg.....where thousands of white and some native american union soldiers perished in 1863.... I got your attention now if I advocate desecreting a White Civil War Battlefield... how bad I am......you all advocating desecretion of a burial area next to a tribal boarding school.........awwww......who cares about those darn Indians????? let's believe that brockington nonsense in the EIS........White scientists know everything about Indians......just like conservatives know everything about race relations.....spin the truth out......someone will believe you.....

JackMcKee 2 years, 4 months ago

none of those assertions have ever had any substance, Tushy.

Liberty275 2 years, 4 months ago

"I hear enough ignorance from White people"

I've never seen a white person. Most of us are beige to some shade of brown. There are some blue people, but they are like that from drinking colloidal silver. They look pretty weird.

Also, whatever your bigotry was targeted at, I'm sure it will be applauded by Bozo. I'll let him read it and just disagree with him by default, saving me having to read the hatred you spew.

Mike Ford 2 years, 4 months ago

to a denier like you whose an oblivious american to history.....now go get your remote and learn less......

JackMcKee 2 years, 4 months ago

To me, to the courts, to everyone else in the world that doesn't see everything through your eyes.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 2 years, 4 months ago

Maybe someone should check Tushi out. Sounds like he could be the next movie shooter with all that hate.

Liberty275 2 years, 4 months ago

Don't do that. He runs his mouth and doesn't make threats. You don't investigate people for running their mouths. It's a violation of free speech.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 4 months ago

Says the guy who likely has nothing but Nazi Punk in his CD player.

Mike Ford 2 years, 4 months ago

trolls don't study history......they simply keep saying they just speak code to get a rise....too bad they're beyond learning.......

the courts have always rubber stamped their rulings.....why read 8,000 pages of testimony.....let's just rubber stamp it......they're Indians anyway.... who cares......

a coded sentiment of many posters on here......

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