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GOP slams Paul Davis for bringing Rep. Steny Hoyer to Kansas


Democratic congressional candidate Paul Davis' campaign has confirmed that Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., the No. 2 Democrat in the U.S. House, will be in Kansas this weekend — a fact that the National Republican Congressional Committee is trying to use against him.

The NRCC issued a statement earlier this week using the event as a link between Davis and former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, now the minority leader and a favorite foil for Republicans.

That's important because when he announced his campaign in August, Davis specifically said that if he's elected, he would not support Pelosi for another term as leader of the Democratic caucus.

"Think voters will believe Paul won’t support Pelosi for Speaker while the establishment pulls out the stops to prop him up? Yeah, we don’t either," the NRCC statement said.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., center, speaks to immigrant rights supporters who gathered in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., center, speaks to immigrant rights supporters who gathered in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Davis, a former state lawmaker from Lawrence and the Democrats' unsuccessful candidate for governor in 2014, is running for the 2nd District seat that Rep. Lynn Jenkins, of Topeka, will vacate next year. There is a crowded field of Republicans seeking the nomination, led by state Sens. Steve Fitzgerald, of Leavenworth, and Caryn Tyson, of Parker.

In their first quarterly campaign finance reports released in October, Davis reported raising more than $400,000 in just a little more than a month, more money than all the Republican candidates combined. The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan political handicapping website, rates the 2nd District as leaning Republican, one notch above the toss-up category.

Davis spokeswoman Haley Pollack confirmed in an email this week that Hoyer will be in Kansas on Saturday to stump for Davis as part of a swing through several states where he is campaigning for Democratic House candidates.

But she categorically rejected the idea that Davis is now in the camp of Pelosi, whom Republicans often portray as a quintessential San Francisco liberal.

"Congressman Hoyer is a respected moderate," Pollack said. "Paul has pledged he will not support Nancy Pelosi for Leader or Speaker. His position on this is clear, has not changed, and will not change – period."

She said the event would take place at a "private venue" on Saturday with a small group of supporters after Hoyer campaigns in Kansas City, Mo., for Rep. Emanuel Cleaver that same day.


Brad Avery 4 months ago

I would far rather have Steny Hoyer visit our state any day than to have to pay additional taxes and have my medicare cut to fund the Republican tax cuts for the extremely rich that Congresswoman Jenkins just voted for. If Hoyer can help get Paul Davis elected, and get rid of the Republican majority in Congress in 2018, he is more than welcome.

Richard Quinlan 4 months ago

After the mess the republicans have left in Kansas no one needs to criticize Ms Pelosi for anything. Paul Davis needs to grow a set of nuts and go after the GOP head on , if he cant do it then let someone else.#tiredof wimpydemocrats , no time to be polite or try to walk a thin line. Do this and you will surely lose.

Richard Heckler 4 months ago

How surprised are we that conservatives are still insensitive to real life?

Conservatives ONCE AGAIN increase taxes on the upper middle class, middle class and lower incomes to pay for privileged tax deductions!

Borrow and spend , borrow and spend , borrow and spend = supply side economics = wreckanomics which is applied every time conservatives control the house, senate and white house.

Supply side economics is neither fiscally conservative nor fiscally responsible! IT IS HOWEVER RECKLESS AND FRAUDULENT ACTIVITY!!!

Conservatives NEVER reduce spending they simply relocate tax dollars to their campaign supporters any way possible. We're talking kickbacks!!!

Plenty of conservative voters are getting thrown under the bus as well!

Brad Avery 4 months ago

It seems that Congressman Hoyer is watching out for our interests here in Kansas better than Congresswoman Jenkins.


If the House GOP tax plan passes, it is projected to cut revenue significantly, likely increasing the deficit by $1.456 trillion from 2018 to 2027, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation and Congressional Budget Office (CBO). With a number that large, Congress’s “pay as you go” rules that prevent unchecked spending would fall into place, a move that could cut Medicare’s budget by as much as $25 billion for 2018. In a letter to House minority whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), the CBO explained that without any more money to offset the fall in revenue, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) would be required to issue a “sequestration order” to reduce spending in 2018 by $136 billion.


Ken Lassman 4 months ago

Steny is the go-to person for national Democratic fundraising, mostly because he is seen as a moderate who can still get out the party and not offend the general public despite the protestations of the GOP operatives. With such loose cannons as the President who does a very poor job fundraising for the GOP, I'd say that Davis is being very sly bringing in Hoyer. I think if he's lucky, the GOP will respond by pulling in Trump who will be WAY more controversial than Steny ever could be. But I'm not holding my breath: the GOP field is way too crowded with "losers" for Trump to consider coming to Kansas yet.

Armen Kurdian 4 months ago

Steny is not a bad guy. Don't agree w/him politically, but he's a respectable Democrat...lived in Southern Maryland a couple of times, even met him once.

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