Tobias Schlingensiepen and Rep. Lynn Jenkins at the Meet the Candidate Forum in Eudora on Sunday, Sept. 30 (photos by eudorareporter.com photojournalist Mark Moore)
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Story below by Scott Rothschild, courtesy The Lawrence Journal-World
U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, on Tuesday said she wanted an apology from Democratic challenger Tobias Schlingensiepen for a comment he made when referring to the influence of money in Congress.
Schlingensiepen, a minister from Topeka, ignored Jenkins’ comment, which came during a 2nd Congressional District debate that was taped at Topeka Public Television station KTWU and will be broadcast Oct. 17.
As he has at previous campaign appearances, Schlingensiepen decried the influence of money in Congress, saying a congressional representative can sit on a committee in the morning and then take money from the corporate lobbyist with business before that committee in the evening “over cocktails.”
He said that Jenkins has taken campaign contributions from powerful banks, such as Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, and then voted in their interests.
Jenkins alleged Schlingensiepen was saying she shouldn’t be allowed to accept campaign funds from small banks in the district.
She then said that she didn’t drink alcohol and that her parents were once almost killed by a drunk driver. “I expect an apology,” she said.
Later, Schlingensiepen’s campaign spokeswoman Diane Silver said the point of Schlingensiepen’s comment wasn’t about drinking alcohol, it was about taking campaign contributions from powerful special interests and then voting in their interests.
UPDATE Wednesday 10/3/2012 1:38PM:
John Schulz – www.eudorareporter.com
Wednesday morning, Tobias Schlingensiepen issued a press release where he rebutted Representative Jenkins’ call for an apology.
“Demanding personal apologies is an attempt to shift the focus from Congresswoman Jenkins’ professional failures. I have not and will not campaign against the personal life of my opponent. However, the voters of the 2nd District deserve to know that Congresswoman Jenkins is a career politician who has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the banking, finance and insurance industries while voting again and again to support their interests and the same reckless policies that put our nation on the brink of financial collapse.
“This is the type of blame-shifting and lack of accountability that makes perfect sense to a Washington insider, but doesn’t do any good for the voters of the 2nd District.”