Just a few days ago, a poll showed Patricia Lightner within four percentage points of Kevin Yoder. Read more about the poll here and here. The Lightner for Congress campaign is now announcing the support of nine conservative legislators, eight of them from the Kansas City area.
From the Lightner for Congress campaign:
June 12, 2010
Contact: Mike Pirner, 913-226-3843
Conservative State Legislators Endorse Patricia Lightner
Olathe, Kan - Former State Rep. Patricia Lightner, Republican candidate for Congress in the 3rd District of Kansas, today announced that a coalition of conservative current and former state legislators are endorsing her campaign.
The list of legislators backing Lightner now includes State Senator Mary Pilcher Cook of Shawnee; State Rep. Rob Olson of Olathe; State Rep. Mike Kiegerl of Olathe; State Rep. Owen Donohoe of Shawnee; State Rep. Jene Vickrey of Louisburg, State Rep. Brenda Landwehr of Wichita, as well as former State Rep. Eric Carter of Overland Park, State Rep. Judy Morrison of Shawnee, and State Rep. Benjamin Hodge of Overland Park.
Lightner said she was honored by the support of her former colleagues.
"As a former State Representative myself, it is an honor to be supported by so many of my conservative colleagues. They have stood up on principle time and time again and understand it takes a combination of experience and principled perseverance to govern successfully. From issues of fiscal responsibility to protecting life, they know where I stand and their backing is a tremendous boost for my campaign," said Lightner.
In describing his decision to endorse Lightner, Rep. Rob Olson said it was a combination of her views on issues and her determination in seeking to flip the 3rd District to conservative hands.
"Patricia challenged Dennis Moore a year ago, six months before her opponent entered the race. Since then, she has been unwavering in her defense of conservative principles and in offering a new direction for the 3rd District. Her ideas and experience are a perfect fit for the 3rd District, and I am proud to endorse her," said Olson, who represents the 26th District.
Judy Morrison, who represented the 23rd District from 1999-2008, said that Patricia has always been a fighter, and she knows she will be in Washington, as well.
"I served with Patricia for 5 years in the legislature, and as her slogan says, she truly means business when it comes to protecting life, fighting for fiscal responsibility, and upholding the rule of law. She listens to her constituents and is willing to tell you what she thinks, even if she disagrees. That's what we need more of in Washington," said Morrison.
Eric Carter, who represented the 48th District from 2002-2006, and is serving as Lightner's General Campaign Chairman, said that the media would be wise not to underestimate Lightner.
"When it comes to the 2010 electorate, Lightner gets it - she's been working on the grassroots since the day she has entered this race and literally wants to talk to every single voter out there. She understands the passion of the tea party and why it exists. Her election couldn't come a moment too soon."
Below is the Lightner for Congress news release about the recent poll (or click here for the Web page version of the Lightner news release):
This week, the amazing grassroots efforts of my campaign came to light in a new survey released by the Kansas Government Reform PACshowing this race in a near dead heat. With 1/3 of the vote still undecided, I'm at 21.2% with my opponent at just 24.8% -- a small 3.6% difference.
This week also brought us dramatic election results across the country, including come-from-behind victories in the Nevada Senate race by conservative Sharron Angle and in the South Carolina Governor's race by conservative Nikki Haley -- whom were in 3rd and 4th place, respectively, just a few short weeks ago. They were told they couldn't win -- butprevailed in overwhelming fashion.
These victories by conservative women against establishment candidates demonstrate that victory is indeed in sight here in the 3rd District. With the media attempting to crown my opponent the victor, we the people are saying "not so fast" and are responding by walking door-to-door, taking yard signs, and making donations. 2010 is the year we say "no" to being told who to vote for and "YES" to sending principled conservative voices to Washington.
Connect with Benjamin Hodge at Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, The Kansas Progress, and LibertyLinked. Hodge is President of the State and Local Reform Group of Kansas. He served as one of seven at-large trustees at Johnson County Community College from 2005-’09, a member of the Kansas House from 2007-’08, a delegate to the Kansas Republican Party from 2009-’10, and was founder of the Overland Park Republican Party in 2011. His public policy record is recognized by Americans for Prosperity, the Kansas Association of Broadcasters, the Kansas Press Association, the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government, the NRA, Kansans for Life, and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).