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Jim Ryun: the best candidate but room for improvement (KS-2)

Offshore drilling -- a winner

First-time poster alert.

Jim Ryun, a U.S. Representative from 1996-2006, is running again for office. Before he gets the Republican nomination, however, he has to defeat former State Senator and Treasurer Lynn Jenkins — which, according to most polls, won’t be tough. That’s a good thing, as Jenkins shares many positions with Nancy Boyda: both have voted for higher taxes, both are generally pro-abortion, and neither can be trusted on the 2nd amendment.

To help Ryun — who accumulated a 98% ACU lifetime rating while in Congress — I started volunteering at his Topeka office a few weeks ago. Happy to help in any way possible, I have put together signs, stuffed envelopes, and entered voter information into computers. But I also wanted to suggest different policies that are both helpful politically and good for the country.

My first two suggestions — neither groundbreaking — were running on a 17% flat tax, supported by almost 2/3 of the country, and advocating offshore drilling. To show support for the latter, I asked the three paid staffers to sign the “Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less” petition sponsored by American Solutions, to which over 1.37 million people have signed their names.Neither was greeted with more support. In fact, on my first day, I was able to ask Congressman Ryun a few questions. His response to the Flat Tax was: “That’s something I could support if we could build a consensus.” When I gave him the support for the tax reform listed above, it didn’t seem to move him. The point, of course, is that there is a consensus, and if there weren’t, why not fight to create one?

The copy of the petition I gave the office was “lost” under their papers when I asked if any other volunteers had signed it. I understand the campaign is busy, but what is that tough about signing it themselves, then putting it and asking people to sign it? I was told, “No offense, but we’re doing our own thing first.” But isn’t “their thing” to win? And what issue right now is a bigger political winner than making gasoline cheaper?

It is made all the more confounding that tonight in the first debate of the campaign, Ryun came out in favor of such drilling. But his staff won’t sign the petition, won’t publicize it, and has yet to run an ad on the topic.

The above may read as me whining. (“Why aren’t they listening to a 21-year-old?”) But it’s not. I take no personal offense — except maybe the part where they said “no offense.” My motivation is two-fold: advancing the conservative movement, which, in turn, improves the country. To do those two, we need a Congressman like Jim Ryun.

Thus, the main point of this post — sorry if it’s a little drawn-out — is to ask you to contact the Ryun campaign political director, John Connell (jconnell@ryun.com), and point out the great need for a bigger domestic oil supply. And if you support the Flat Tax, please mention that as well.

Thanks for reading, and if you contact the campaign, thanks for that, too.

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