It pains us- you have no idea- to continue to serve as a mouthpiece for Jim Ryun's campaign. But, oh, we simply cannot resist helping knock the snot out of Lynn Jenkins.
What follows is a letter written by Jim Ryun's campaign manager Kyle Robertson as found in the Kansas City Star:
Kansas treasurer should be accountable for TV adsSaying Kyle Robertson lives in Lawrence isn't a lie- as far was we know, he does. It's unfortunate to insinuate he's a Kansan, though, because Mr. Robertson is nothing more than a NRCC operative who has been sent from on high to manager Ryun's race for him. But, regardless, we're perfectly happy to help him let people know Lynn Jenkins is unethical- and just another member of the Republican Culture of Corruption.
Kansas state Treasurer Lynn Jenkins is under fire from the media for taking unethical campaign contributions from an American Century Investments’ then-CEO and chief lobbyist less than 60 days before awarding the company a $1.6 billion contract.
Instead of admitting that it was a mistake to take the contribution, she has repeatedly attacked those holding her accountable for her actions.
The media, especially in Kansas, has scrutinized her decision to run advertisements promoting a program that is at the forefront of her campaign as a 2nd District Republican candidate for Congress. (The Kansas City Star, Candidate’s links to firm questioned; Lynn Jenkins’ appearances in ads for a college-savings plan give her an unfair edge, Ryun campaign says, March 3).
She argues that it is her responsibility to appear in the ads because “polling shows” it is good for the program. This does not pass the smell test.
In order to deflect attention from her questionable judgment, Jenkins redirects the scrutiny onto American Century Investments, its lobbyist and her staff. She should be ashamed of herself for avoiding the real issue here: accountability.
Jenkins chose to accept unethical contributions, she chose to schedule time to film TV ads, and she chose to award a $1.6 billion contract to a firm that a “personal friend” just happens to represent. It must be nice to be one of her “personal friends.”
Jenkins appears to be exceptionally skilled at navigating the gray areas of campaign finance law and that should send a chill up Kansas taxpayers’ spines. In order to reduce the appearance of impropriety, Jenkins should return the political contributions and demand her name and image not be used in advertisements going forward.
More than $1.5 million in “management fees” have been spent promoting an obscure politician’s personal ambitions. This needs to stop.
The political smell test is simple: is this right or wrong?
Is it right to accept contributions from a CEO and lobbyist who profit off their relationship with her office?
Is it right to run such TV ads during a political campaign?
Is it right to attack the media for holding you accountable for your actions?
You be the judge.
Personal accountability is the foundation of a person’s character. Jenkins’ avoidance of accepting responsibility for her actions is troubling. Her unethical approach to politics is something Kansans should take into consideration when judging her candidacy.
She may argue that her “vote is not for sale” but who is she kidding? Kansans know when someone fails the smell test.
Kyle Robertson is the campaign manager for Jim Ryun, Jenkins’ GOP primary opponent. He lives in Lawrence.
What did you say? Jim's calling the kettle black? Well, by golly, you're right!