Kansas: Jenkins’ New Ad Shows Farm Roots, Early Work

Posted September 23, 2008 at 6:34pm

State Treasurer Lynn Jenkins (R) is up with a new television ad in her bid to oust Rep. Nancy Boyda (D) in the solidly conservative 2nd district.

The 30-second spot is a positive ad focusing on Jenkins’ background, including the fact that she was raised on a local farm, and her private-sector career as a certified public accountant.

The ad is running mainly in the Topeka broadcast market, but it is also on the air in Joplin and Pittsburg, which encompasses about 20 percent of the heavily rural, eastern Kansas district.

“I grew up on a dairy farm,” Jenkins says as the ad opens. “It’s where I learned my Kansas values, like being frugal and saving money.”

Boyda is one of the top Republican targets of the cycle. But despite the 2nd district’s strong Republican lean, Democrats are confident the Congresswoman will win a second term.

The Kansas Democratic Party responded with a news release charging that Jenkins spent her time in the state Legislature raising taxes and increasing government spending.

Among other sources, the state Democratic Party cited the Club for Growth, which endorsed Jenkins’ opponent, former Rep. Jim Ryun, in the Aug. 5 GOP primary.