Kansas: Jenkins Rolls Out GOP Establishment Support

Posted July 21, 2008 at 6:13pm

State Treasurer Lynn Jenkins unveiled another round of endorsements from local GOP officials as she seeks to overpower former Rep. Jim Ryun in the race for the 2nd district Republican nomination.

Jenkins, who last week announced endorsements from nearly a dozen former chairmen of the state Republican Party, revealed Monday that she has received the backing of 107 local GOP officials, including 50 mayors, 25 county commissioners, 16 county treasurers and 16 city council members from throughout the eastern Kansas 2nd district.

“I am honored to have the support and blessing of so many local officials throughout the district,” Jenkins said in a statement released by her campaign.

Jenkins is battling Ryun in the Aug. 5 GOP primary for the right to take on freshman Rep. Nancy Boyda (D). Ryun represented the conservative-leaning 2nd district for 10 years until Boyda beat him in 2006.

The Ryun campaign, noting that the former Congressman has led big over Jenkins in the only polls of this race to be made public, expressed confidence that the state treasurer would be defeated Aug. 5.

“Jim Ryun has outworked Lynn Jenkins from day one, leads in every public poll, and has the financial backing of over 2,000 Kansans,” Ryun campaign spokesman Kyle Robertson said.