Wednesday, June 14, 2006

National Republicans sitting out the Kansas races

Thanks to BTR for pointing out some encouraging news from The Hill:
Of the seven Democratic incumbents mentioned [as holding frequently targeted seats], National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Rep. Tom Reynolds (N.Y.) named only [Georgia Rep. Jim] Marshall’s and [Iowan Leonard] Boswell’s races when asked last week about Republicans’ main targets. He instead focused on open seats in Vermont, Ohio and Illinois, along with freshman Reps. John Barrow (Ga.) and Melissa Bean (Ill.).

Regarding Moore’s district in particular, he said Kansas politics have proved to be quite challenging to Republicans, who have consistently launched aggressive bids to unseat the incumbent.

“We’ll just have to see what happens there,” Reynolds said. “Some of my hopes in past races have been dashed.”
That's what comes of targeting a popular incumbent who focuses on constituent services and doesn't feel obliged to fight culture war battles.