The KC Buzz Blog has a subscription to Roll Call, thus leaned that this article about Republican comeback kids is down on Ryun. While “the National Republican Congressional Committee is prepared to back any former Member who gives the GOP its best chance of reclaiming seats the Democrats won last year,” an unnamed strategist reveals that “Ryun falls into the question mark category.”
The other candidate that seems to be making headlines is state Treasurer Lynn Jenkins. The Buzz Blog says she is “a campaign dynamo,” but others have noted that “Lynn Jenkins hasn’t ever defeated an incumbent in a competitive race, … she practically inherited her office and hasn’t seen any serious challenges.”
Jenkins previously held a seat in the state senate and the state house, and is now in her second term as state Treasurer. None of those posts will have raised her profile very high in communities outside of Topeka, which is a Democratic stronghold in the 2nd District.
As far as Jenkins having a reputation for running “tenacious” campaigns, or being a campaign dynamo, a quick hunt through LexisNexis turns up nothing. She won her first seat in the legislature by winning a primary against a party-switcher who got busted for missing child support payments and paying his taxes late. She has certainly done well in raising funds in subsequent elections, but there’s no evidence that anyone has made a serious effort to block her from any of the offices she’s held. Perhaps she’s been energetic on the campaign trail, but running for Congress against a tested incumbent will be a whole different game.
If she doesn’t believe it’s a hard race to run, she just has to ask former track star Jim Ryun.