GOP’S JENK­INS OUSTS BOYDA; MOORE, ROBERTS RE-ELECTED

The Kansas City Star (Sunday) - - LETTERS - By DAVID KLEP­PER, JIM SULLINGER and DAWN BORMANN

TThe Repub­li­can state trea­surer to take over in the 2nd District, while Repub­li­can Jor­dan and Demo­crat Slat­tery fail to un­seat in­cum­bents.

| Repub­li­can state Trea­surer Lynn Jenk­ins bucked the na­tional trend Tues­day, un­seat­ing Demo­cratic U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda in Kansas’ 2nd Con­gres­sional District.

Demo­cratic U.S. Rep. Den­nis Moore won his fifth re-elec­tion bid, de­feat­ing Repub­li­can chal­lenger Nick Jor­dan in the 3rd District.

Mean­while, in the state’s U.S. Se­nate race, Repub­li­can in­cum­bent Pat Roberts eas­ily van­quished Demo­crat Jim Slat­tery.

In a tight fin­ish to a con­tentious race, Jenk­ins beat Boyda 51 per­cent to 46 per­cent, with 83 per­cent of precincts re­port­ing at mid­night.

“I think we had the right mes­sage at the right time,” Jenk­ins said Tues­day night. “Wash­ing­ton is a mess, and peo­ple are fed up and hun­gry for re­form.”

Boyda was a prime tar­get for the Repub­li­cans, who hoped to win back the seat she took from for­mer U.S. Rep. Jim Ryun in 2006. Boyda cam­paigned as an in­de­pen­dent, but Jenk­ins ar­gued she was a tax-and-spend fol­lower of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

In her con­ces­sion speech, Boyda told sup­port­ers to keep fight­ing for change in Wash­ing­ton.

“The last two years were a gift and a joy, and noth­ing that hap­pens tonight can erase one mo­ment of it,” she said, ac­cord­ing to a

text of her re­marks.

Jenk­ins cam­paigned as a fis­cal con­ser­va­tive, a Cer­ti­fied Pub­lic Ac­coun­tant with ex­pe­ri­ence manag­ing the state’s bank ac­counts. She high­lighted a House com­mit­tee hear­ing in which Boyda walked out on a re­tired gen­eral.

The race was one of the hottest in the na­tion af­ter groups like Con­gres­sional Quar­terly iden­ti­fied Boyda as one of the most vul­ner­a­ble Democrats.

Kansas’ 2nd District in­cludes most of east­ern Kansas out­side Wyan­dotte and John­son coun­ties, in­clud­ing Leav­en­worth, Topeka, Man­hat­tan, Pitts­burg and parts of Lawrence. sup­port they give me.”

This year, Moore was sub­jected to con­stant at­tacks by his op­po­nent, GOP state Sen. Nick Jor­dan of Shawnee.

Jor­dan’s main punch had been tele­vi­sion ads com­plain­ing that Moore didn’t do enough as a mem­ber of the House Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices Com­mit­tee to head off the cur­rent eco­nomic cri­sis.

That com­mit­tee sets rules for the na­tion’s fi­nan­cial sys­tem of banks and in­vest­ment firms as well as the quasi-gov­ern­men­tal Fred­die Mac and Fan­nie Mae, mort­gage giants sad­dled with a lot of bad loans.

Jor­dan also com­plained that Congress has spent years de­bat­ing en­ergy and health poli­cies without find­ing so­lu­tions to ei­ther and said he would “wake up Wash­ing­ton.”

But beat­ing an in­cum­bent con­gress­man is tough, and the Jor­dan cam­paign knew it was fac­ing an up­hill fight. Jor­dan came into the con­test with lit­tle name recog­ni­tion, while a lot of vot­ers were ac­cus­tomed to vot­ing for Moore, who served 12 years as John­son County district at­tor­ney in the 1970s and 1980s.

Moore, of

Lenexa,

was elected to the U.S. House in 1998.

Those same ob­servers thought Slat­tery’s mes­sage and his record of fis­cal con­ser­vatism would have res­onated bet­ter at a time when Barack Obama cap­tured so much en­ergy. But Slat­tery ad­mit­ted from the beginning that it would be a “David ver­sus Go­liath” matchup given Roberts’ name recog­ni­tion and his hefty cam­paign cof­fers.

Slat­tery con­grat­u­lated Roberts and blamed his loss on the dif­fer­ence in the amount of cash each had to spend in the cam­paign.

“The big dif­fer­ence in this race was $3 mil­lion. You just can’t over­come that,” Slat­tery said.

Asked about his po­lit­i­cal fu­ture, Slat­tery said he didn’t know.

“I’m go­ing to keep work­ing on the things and is­sues that in­ter­est me,” he said.

TE­T­ONA DUN­LAP | THE KANSAS CITY STAR

“I’m re­ally grate­ful to the peo­ple in my district. I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the great sup­port they give me,” said Demo­cratic U.S. Rep. Den­nis Moore. Moore, who won his fifth re-elec­tion bid, and his fam­ily at­tended a watch party Tues­day in Over­land Park.

CHRIS OBERHOLTZ | THE KANSAS CITY STAR

Repub­li­can state Trea­surer Lynn Jenk­ins made her victory speech at the Capi­tol Plaza Ho­tel in Topeka.

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