According to this AP story in the Joplin Globe, Nancy Boyda will report $137,000 raised and $171,300 in the bank. She had $34,500 left over from last cycle, so I think Boyda' Chief of Staff should look again, because this would mean she didn't spend any money. And, since Boyda has at least two people on her campaign staff she either loaned herself some more money, the amount raised is higher, or her cash on hand will be lower.
“The congresswoman is really focused on serving the needs of the residents of the 2nd District and she’s been really focused on her congressional duties,” Guinn said. “She thinks it’s way too early to be talking about a campaign in 2008.”
We know this line from Boyda's Chief of Staff Guinn to be nothing more than spin as one of the two people on her campaign is a finance director who sent around the missives on the Kerry March Madness contest Boyda entered.
Another interesting quote from the article is a shot taken at Ryun by the Jenkins camp already. Their strategy seems to be to continue to paint Jim Ryun as a Washington insider as Boyda did.
“We’re very curious to see what percent of his donations came from Kansas,” Jenkins spokesman Jeff Wagaman said. “It’s our understanding he’s been raising money in Washington quite a bit.”
I guess that's what you say when you're already a quarter of a million dollars behind in the fundraising race, but as I've said, the real test of how competitive this primary will be is going to come after the next quarter when the Jenkins team can show their strength.
Bottom line, the fact that Ryun outraised a sitting Member of Congress who is known to be vulnerable is a good sign for him, regardless of where it came from, as Boyda is certainly drawing PAC money from DC.
Once I see the actual reports, I'll run down what's in them.
Dedicated to the proposition that Nancy Boyda is a one termer.