Monday, August 04, 2008

Two Primary Endorsements...

The Konnection tends to stay out of primaries, but we are taking the unusual step of making a primary endorsement in two races. First, the Konnection wholeheartedly endorses Steve Howe for Johnson County District Attorney. One questions how effective Kline’s campaign will be if Kansas Democrats are able to tie every Republican running for office to Kline, resulting in a loss of several house seats in Johnson County and the major loss of the campaign season—Nick Jordan’s attempt to take out Dennis Moore. We have a chance to elect a Republican to congress and advance the Republican agenda locally, and all of that would be cast in serious doubt with a Kline candidacy. Is it really worth it to lose ground in multiple races across the state just to make a point? Tomorrow, Johnson Countians will have the opportunity to elect a seasoned prosecutor and committed conservative in Steve Howe.

Additionally, the Konnection endorses Lynn Jenkins in the 2nd District primary to take on Democratic incumbent Nancy Boyda. We want to stress that both challengers are worthy and good Republicans to take on Boyda, and we believe both can win (Boyda’s incompetence and ineptitude ensure a competitive race no matter what). We believe that in an election year where Washington establishment figures are more unpopular than ever, and voters are looking outside of Washington for problem-solvers, Lynn Jenkins offers the best hope to turn the 2nd district red again. Jenkins is running on a solid conservative platform—tax cuts, sealing the borders, and controlling spending—highlighting the failure of Republicans on those issues in the past and the need of Republicans to stick to these core principles if they ever want to be in power again. Ryun’s long tenure in Washington and record, while praiseworthy and solidly commendable for the most part, are not what voters seek at this time—they want outsiders, not insiders. The Kansas state treasurer offers the best chance to re-gain this seat for the GOP, and we trust that she will stick to her principles. Do we agree with Lynn on everything? Certainly not—we don’t agree with Ryun on everything either. But overall, Lynn’s platform strikes a tone and tenor of reform, the same type of reform that led Newt Gingrich and the Republicans to gain the House of Representatives in the revolution of 1994. It is that kind of aggressive, bold stand that we want to see from Republican candidates this year, and Lynn epitomizes local Kansas values of hard work and self-reliance, service to state and community, bold advancement of basic conservative ideals, and an agenda of congressional reform.


Anonymous said...

Learning is knowledge and knowledge is power! Go balls deep!

Anonymous said...

Yes! Going balls deep into knowledge is the only way to go. Sometimes i like to go a little deeper.

Anonymous said...

Have you no principals? Do you stand for anything other than power? Is your loyalty to the Republican Party or truth and justice? Are you no different than the Democrats? Is there an issue you beleive in? Is there an issue you beleive so strongly in that you will not sacrifice it for Das Party?

Figure out what you beleive, decide what you stand for. When you run again, run on those issues, don't waste your time taking both sides of each issue. Be your own man. By not firmly taking a position, you offend us voters.

'I'm for smaller government yet for enriching and enshrining the teachers union' is a mixed message.

The dumbest of voters, which you targeted, already vote a partisan ticket, they do not think for themselves. The rest of us see the hypocrisy of your message. You cannot win an election this way.

Good luck next time.

Brandon said...

Anonymous #3--Please don’t take offense at me for pointing out your ignorance. I have a very good idea of who you are and your comments are not subtle enough to hide your identity. If you lived in Kansas or paid attention this race, you would know about my platform and you would not make false accusations. I did not have the support or endorsement of the NEA and I was not for enriching the teachers unions. Supporting higher pay for teachers is not a “liberal” position, and many of my positions were innovative and conservative—I supported local control first and foremost, and I wanted to bring in career professionals to teach part-time in the classrooms—positions opposed by the NEA and seen as a threat to the status quo. I stood for real reform and the differences between my opponent and I were as stark as night and day.

Of course, I don’t expect a Missourian with a superficial and cursory understanding of the issues and politics in Kansas to understand this.