A month ago, Jim Ryun’s campaign planted a story about how Nancy Boyda wasn’t a serious challenger because the DCCC wasn’t putting any money into her campaign. Of course, she’s been saying that she wasn’t seeking DCCC involvement since she announced this campaign, but Ryun was desperate.
In response to the charges, the Boyda campaign put a poll in the field. Using sound survey methodology and a Republican call-center in Utah, the poll showed that Boyda was in a statistical tie with Ryun. Two subsequent internal polls and a poll by the state party all tell the same story.
That, combined with strong Democratic candidates in statewide races and Jim Ryun’s ethical lapses surrounding his house and his neighbor, have caught the attention of the national party. Apparently without prompting from the Boyda campaign, the DCCC has started running ads.
Apparently the ads point out how “Ryun ‘voted against a $1,500 combat bonus for our troops, but voted to give himself a huge pay raise — twice,’ ” and “It praises his rival, Nancy Boyda, as ‘honest and independent — the right change for Kansas.’ ”
Will the NRCC step up for Ryun now, or can they not afford to protect him?