One of the most jarring moments of Tuesday night's debate between Jim Ryun and Lynn Jenkins was the one in which Lynn called Jim "babe."
It was just...weird. And markedly non-congressional.
While it was strange (like the rest of Lynn's performance), we aren't sure it really deserved this much ink:
Topeka — In what may be a first in Kansas political history, one candidate publicly called another “babe.”
It happened Tuesday in the televised debate between Lynn Jenkins and Jim Ryun, who are seeking the Republican Party nomination to face U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda, D-Topeka, in the 2nd Congressional District, which includes west Lawrence.
Jenkins said part of the reason she voted for a tax increase while a legislator was because state lawmakers had to pay for federal mandates from Congress, in which Ryun served at the time.
“We were at your mercy, babe,” she said to Ryun.
A couple of bloggers wrote that if Ryun had said “babe” to Jenkins, he would’ve been labeled a sexist.
Ryun’s campaign manager Kyle Robertson described Jenkins’ use of the term as “childish behavior.”
Pat Leopold, managing Jenkins’ campaign, said Jenkins uses “babe” frequently when talking to her friends, and that it was just an innocent slip.
It was, of course, just an innocent slip...it was still unprofessional, still tacky, and still just...weird.
Oh, and hey, lets don't forget the substance of the debate...Ryun was incompetent & Lynn Jenkins has actually raised taxes on every single Kansas family 12 separate times- making her the only candidate in the race on either side to do such a thing.