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.


Acey 5 years, 9 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?

5 years, 9 months ago

keep her on the defense tobias...

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 9 months ago

The really sick part of this bit of sophomoric braggadocio is that you really don't mean it figuratively.

Katara 5 years, 9 months ago

So people leave their jobs to serve the public because they are bored with their work? That's a lot of bored people out there.

Is that the excuse you used when you ran for public office?

Kendall Simmons 5 years, 9 months ago

Based on the things you say about others when you post, you might want to actually start worrying about the final destination of your soul. It's not looking real good right now.

Jean Robart 5 years, 9 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.

Orwell 5 years, 9 months ago

I wish she hadn't voted against equal pay for equal work.

Greg Cooper 5 years, 9 months ago

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

Carol Bowen 5 years, 9 months ago

You don't seem to be in the middle this year.

Katara 5 years, 9 months ago

None of those are accomplishments. It is just a list of her policy positions from Wikipedia.

What has she actually accomplished? Introducing a bill is not an accomplishment unless it is actually passed. Legislators introduce bills all the time.

What is amusing is that, if you read down right under her policy positions, there is the thing about her comment about "The Great White Hope" and how she voted for the resolution to pardon Jack Johnson without reading the actual resolution.

Oh. Wait a minute. There's an accomplishment. She made herself look like an idiot and embarrassed Kansas.

Kendall Simmons 5 years, 9 months ago

I gotta agree with the the heck have any of those positions she's taken actually HELPED you???

You may like them all. That's fine. But "personally helping" someone requires actually doing something to help you personally. (Gee, what a concept.)

So, please...tell us what Jenkins has actually done that has personally helped you?

cowboy 5 years, 9 months ago

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

Republican plan for Medicare

cowboy 5 years, 9 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 !

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