Kansas: Jenkins’ First TV Ad Buy Has Limited Reach

Posted July 15, 2008 at 6:34pm

State Treasurer Lynn Jenkins, hoping to upend former Rep. Jim Ryun in the 2nd district Republican primary, is up with her first television ad of the campaign, although the buy is limited.

Jenkins on Tuesday launched a mostly positive, 30-second spot on broadcast television in the Joplin-Pittsburg market, which covers about 21 percent of the Republican-leaning, eastern Kansas 2nd district. The Jenkins campaign bought 500 gross ratings points for the ad, which focuses on government spending, taxes and immigration.

“For decades, Washington politicians have made a mess,” Jenkins says in the ad, in a mild swipe at Ryun, who served in Congress for 10 years before being ousted in 2006 by now-Rep. Nancy Boyda (D). “They raised taxes, wasted your money and won’t secure the border. It’s time for a new direction.”

Ryun, who led Jenkins by 44 points in a late April poll conducted for his campaign, is currently on television with his second ad. The 2nd district GOP primary is set for Aug. 5.