Archive for Monday, April 10, 2017

Trump records call for GOP hopeful in House race in Kansas

Kansas 4th District congressional candidate Ron Estes, right, and Sen. Ted Cruz who came to Wichita to campaign for Estes the day before a special election speak to the media during a news conference before their rally at Yingling Aviation, Monday, April 10, 2017, in Wichita. (Fernando Salazar/The Wichita Eagle via AP)

Kansas 4th District congressional candidate Ron Estes, right, and Sen. Ted Cruz who came to Wichita to campaign for Estes the day before a special election speak to the media during a news conference before their rally at Yingling Aviation, Monday, April 10, 2017, in Wichita. (Fernando Salazar/The Wichita Eagle via AP)

April 10, 2017


— President Donald Trump stepped into a surprisingly competitive special congressional election in Kansas Monday, recording a get-out-the-vote call on behalf of Republican candidate Ron Estes.

The robocall from Trump came as the contest also pulled U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas to Wichita to campaign for Estes and amid a flood of out-of-state GOP money ahead of Tuesday’s election in the 4th Congressional District of southern Kansas. It was the first special congressional election since Trump’s election as president last year.

His Democratic rival, James Thompson, is spending the final day of campaigning before Tuesday’s election talking directly to voters. Thompson’s campaign says he’s countering the visit of Cruz — who vied with Trump for the Republican presidential candidacy — by knocking on doors, going to diners and doing interviews.

“Republican Ron Estes needs your vote and needs it badly,” Trump said in the minute-long call. “Our country needs help. Ron is going to be helping us, big league.”

The Associated Press obtained a recording of the call from a person close to the campaign who did not want to be identified because it was being released ahead of an official announcement. The person said it was recorded over the weekend.

The Kansas Republican Party later tweeted that Trump’s call was going to “tens of thousands” of prospective voters. Trump’s call came after the Estes campaign used a similar call recorded by Vice President Mike Pence, starting Saturday.

The contest in the heavily Republican district was watched across the nation for any sign of a backlash against Republicans following Trump’s victory. Trump won with 60 percent of the votes cast in the 17-county congressional district of south-central Kansas.

At stake is a House seat Republicans have held for more than two decades. The vacancy was created when Trump chose former U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo as his CIA director.

A raft of big GOP campaign donations and a last-minute ad buy last week of nearly $100,000 by the National Republican Congressional Committee also signaled GOP anxiety over the seat, flooding the local airways with negative advertising against Thompson, a civil rights attorney. Big out-of-state campaign donations have been flowing in the waning days of the campaign to the Republican’s coffers.

The Republican super-PAC Congressional Leadership Fund reported Monday that it had spent $30,000 over the weekend on calls for Estes or against Thompson.

“On the left, there is a small, impassioned group of activists who are out of their minds,” Cruz told about 200 people at a rally for Estes on Monday.

The Democratic hard-core base is going to show up for Tuesday’s special election, he said.

“Our enemy right now is complacency,” Cruz said.

Cruz, who won the Republican primary caucus in Kansas, told reporters before the event that he came to Kansas to support Estes because the race matters nationally.

“The eyes of the country are upon it,” he said.

The last-minute national GOP interest comes in a race in which Estes, the state’s treasurer, had been expected to coast easily to victory. After a missed candidate event last week, Thompson’s campaign noted that Estes has failed to show up in 10 candidate forums and debates during the campaign and attended just three others.

“James Thompson is countering the Cruz visit by talking with voters — something Ron Estes has refused to do. Ron Estes is not raising his own money, he is not campaigning for himself and he is too afraid to go face voters himself,” said Chris Pumpelly, his campaign spokesman.

Thompson’s campaign announced Monday that it hit 20,000 in total donors to its campaign, which has mostly come in as small dollar donations in the past 76 days.

“James Thompson has done all of this on his own,” Pumpelly said. “He is interested in talking with voters, he is not going to be hiding behind any D.C. politicians like Ron Estes is.”

Republicans have represented the district since Todd Tiahrt unseated veteran Democratic Rep. Dan Glickman in 1994. Pompeo won the state’s 4th District seat in 2010, when Tiahrt gave it up to run unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate.

Trump’s administration picks and a California Democratic appointment have created five openings in the U.S. House, where Republicans have a 237-193 edge. Republicans are defending four GOP-leaning seats — in Kansas, Georgia, Montana and South Carolina — while Democrats are protecting a seat in a liberal California district.

— AP Political Writer John Hanna in Topeka also contributed to this report.


Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 1 year ago

They must really be worried. But he is a Brownback crony, so I hope people pay attention to that, and vote for Thompson.

Alex Landazuri 1 year ago

we thought the same thing in the last governors election and Brownback still won....

Steve Jacob 1 year ago

Just the fact this was supposed to be an easy election for Republicans makes this interesting. Trump won the district easy, Mike Pompeo won by 30% just six months ago. Words is the Republicans put in a cry for help two weeks ago, and the Dems finally kicked in some cash only a week ago.

Steve Jacob 1 year ago

Thompson has a dream background for Democrats. Homeless growing up, joined the Army, used GI Bill to become a civil rights lawyer. Pro gun, big on veterans spending. His daughter is named "Liberty". Running against a boring candidate.

Alex Landazuri 1 year ago

im not getting my hopes up that thompson will get elected, too many party line voters

Richard Heckler 1 year ago

KOCH NAZI Connections

"Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right," New Yorker reporter Jane Mayer explores how the Koch brothers and fellow right-wing billionaires have funded a political machine aimed at shaping elections and public policy. The book contains a number of revelations and new details.

Mayer begins with revealing that the Kochs’ father, industrialist Fred Koch, helped build an oil refinery in Nazi Germany—a project approved personally by Adolf Hitler. The refinery was critical to the Nazi war effort, fueling German warplanes. Mayer joins us to discuss.

Richard Heckler 1 year ago

Jeb Bush defaulted on a $4.56 million loan from Broward Federal Savings in Sunrise, Florida. After federal regulators closed the S&L, the office building that Jeb used the $4.56 million to finance was reappraised by the regulators at $500,000, which Bush and his partners paid. The taxpayers had to pay back the remaining 4 million plus dollars.

The S&L scandals is by no means the only incident of questionable, and actually illegal, financial activity that the Bush family has been involved in. The line of questionable, illegal, and unethical businesses practices goes back at least to Prescott Bush Sr., George Bush Sr.’s father. Prescott

Prescott Bush was a Senator from 1952 – 1963. Previous to his time as a Senator Prescott was a banker and businessman. Prior to the American entry into WWII Prescott Bush was director of Union Banking Corporation. Union Banking Corporation helped to finance Hitler’s regime. The Concentration Camps of Nazi Germany were labor camps that the Nazis used to make products for their regime as well as for sale to raise money. Prescott profited directly from the Auschwitz labor camp.

In 1942, after Hitler declared war on America the United States government seized the Union Banking Corporation under the Trading with the Enemy Act as a front operation that was supporting the Nazis. Much of the profits from the operation were already pocketed by Prescott however, and $1.5 million was put in a trust fund for George Bush Sr.

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Bob Smith 1 year ago

Bringing out the oldies tonight, Richard?

Richard Heckler 1 year ago

Why do we americans vote in the rich which are supported by the rich to make decisions for the entire middle class and sensible Americans?

Is it possible we're not getting the most ethical choices on the block?

Too many of the rich want to destroy the middle class. They have sent tens of millions of middle class jobs abroad with no job replacement in sight.

Isn't their something wrong with this picture?

Ask yourself why do we voters tend to vote for the largest spending candidates?

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