Archive for Friday, August 17, 2012

Statehouse Live: Echo accusations reverberate in 2nd Congressional District race

August 17, 2012


Democrat Tobias Schlingensiepen, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, usually gets applause when he says that the 2nd Congressional District "needs a voice, not an echo."

Schlingensiepen, of Topeka, has said that Jenkins, who is seeking her third term in office, almost always votes the way Republican leaders tell her to vote.

But in a recent campaign email, Jenkins' campaign tries to turn the tables on Schlingensiepen, saying that her Democratic rival "is echoing the wishes of the National Democratic Party leadership."

Jenkins' campaign then compares quotes from Schlingensiepen with those of various Democratic leaders including President Barack Obama.

For example, when Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney picked U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., as his running mate, Obama said, "He's a good man and an articulate spokesman for Romney's vision, but that vision is one I fundamentally disagree with."

The Jenkins' campaign then cites Schlingensiepen's quote about Ryan: "He appears to be a truly nice guy, but that disguises a dangerous agenda for seniors."

The Jenkins campaign said it wonders "if Tobias Schlingensiepen will ever do anything other than echo the talking points of Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Barack Obama."

Asked to respond, Schlingensiepen said the Jenkins campaign statement shows how out of touch she is.

"What does Congresswoman Jenkins want me to do when I’m asked a question? Does she want me to lie? Paul Ryan does appear to be a truly nice man, but the Ryan Budget that Congresswoman Jenkins has repeatedly voted for does set a dangerous agenda for seniors, college students and everyone else in the 2nd District.

"We didn’t send Congresswoman Jenkins to Washington to bicker. She is out of touch with what people are going through, and that’s sad," Schlingensiepen said.

The 2nd District includes much of eastern Kansas, including all of Douglas County and Lawrence. Schlingensiepen and Jenkins face off in the Nov. 6 general election.


cowboy 1 year, 8 months ago

Dump Lynn.... We are defined by the company we keep. Largest contributor to Ms Jenkins is QC Holdings , a payday loan corporation , shylocks , money changers.

Lynn Jenkins voted against consumer protection in the Payday loan industry including specific legislation protecting military personnel from predatory practices.

Great work Lynn !


cowboy 1 year, 8 months ago

Dump every republican , they serve a constituency but it is certainly not you.

Republican plan for Medicare


donttreadonme 1 year, 8 months ago

As I've asked before, can any of Lynn Jenkins supporters point to anything she's accomplished in the House?


Greg Cooper 1 year, 8 months ago

I wish she had an office in Panama, or somewhere she can do no more harm to the United States and Kansas.


Jean Robart 1 year, 8 months ago

Tobias---can't you at least come up with something original? Lynn Jenkins is my choice---she does a great job of keeping in touch with her constituents. I just wish she had an office in Lawrence.


1 year, 8 months ago

@SP I'm sorry, but Jenkins couldn't play anyone like a lump of playdough, except for people who post statements like that.

I know of only one person Jenkins has helped in her district. Everything else has been her parroting the party line, of which you're well aware. She doesn't even really visit her constituency except during the hours when most people are at work (except those who self publish and edit advertising rags).

You also talk as if you know Tobias. On what grounds do you base your comments?

I do feel that Tobias should have gone into more detail, but then that would have been beyond the soundbite length and many would have gotten bored.


SageonPage 1 year, 8 months ago

Lynn is not on defense, but playing with Toby like a wad of playdough. He will get his head handed to him as would be expected from an inexperienced bored liberal Minister.


1 year, 8 months ago

keep her on the defense tobias...


Acey 1 year, 8 months ago

Scott Rothschild has nothing to say. Lynn Jenkins is a Republican. She endorses GOP policies and actions. Tobias Schlingensiepen is a Democrat, and says things one would expect from a Democrat.

Each candidate says to the other, in effect, "You echo your party." This is news? Is this ALL you can find to write about this race, Mr. Rothschild?


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