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Of Cantor's defeat, Jenkins says all politics is local

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The stunning Republican Party primary defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia has many wondering how it happened and what happens next.

U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, who serves with Cantor on the House GOP leadership team, said she considers Cantor a good friend.

"He is smart and believes in this country, so I know there will be opportunities for him in the future," Jenkins said.

She added, "It is further proof that the old axiom that all politics are local still holds true today. I come home to Topeka every week and travel the district to get advice and hear concerns from Kansans."

Jenkins, who is the vice chair of the House Republican Conference, faces a primary challenge from Joshua Joel Tucker of Pittsburg. The winner will face Democrat Margie Wakefield, a Lawrence attorney, in the November general election.

Many political observers said Cantor's defeat at the hands of Tea Party-inspired economics professor David Brat has given Tea Party candidates new life.

One of those is Dr. Milton Wolf, who is challenging U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas. Wolf, who has often criticized Roberts for living in Virginia, said, "Eric Cantor isn't the only incumbent from Virginia who is going to lose his primary this year. On August 5th, it’s Pat Roberts' turn.”

Comments

Steve Jacob 7 months, 3 weeks ago

I have said this a million times, any knucklehead can win a congressional district. Especially in an open primary. Statewide races is a different story. And it also proves my point the Republicans can not nominate a Senate/House member in 2016. They are all disliked, does not matter the party.

But on August 5th, if Wolf does beat Roberts, the next day Bill Clinton flies to Topeka to deliver a million dollar check from the DNC to Chad Taylor, the Democratic nominee.

MerriAnnie Smith 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Jenkins said:

"She added, "It is further proof that the old axiom that all politics are local still holds true today. I come home to Topeka every week and travel the district to get advice and hear concerns from Kansans."

A back-handed compliment. haha

The news is that the reason Cantor lost was that he does NOT "come home... every week and travel the district to get advice and hear concerns from..."

In fact, he shunned his constituents and courted his money backers.

She says Cantor is a good person and will find his way back, and then she says, but I do what he didn't do!! Iow, she's distancing herself from him in the same breath that she says he's a friend and a good American.

Funny.

Richard Heckler 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Jenkins does not mention Lawrence.Kansas. Just goes to show she does not know her job.

Fire Jenkins!

Lynn Grant 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Jenkins may come back to Topeka every weekend but her travels are not to get advice and hear concerns of ALL constituents in the 2nd District. She has been known to be a little picky about who she listens to.

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