A couple weeks ago I started a post about a "vow" Nancy Boyda pronounced. I decided today, not to let it go unpublished.
Nancy Boyda has vowed to protect the KAAP plant in Parsons. The plant is being closed as a result of the recent BRAC.
For those who missed the celebration that Fort Riley, Fort Leavenworth, Forbes and McConnell stayed open and actually increased the number of military jobs in Kansas, BRAC is the process of reducing infrastructure across the military in order to find savings. Unfortunately, the KAAP plant in Parsons wasn't saved in the process.
You might be asking yourself, isn't it good that Boyda is now vowing to protect the KAAP. Sure, it's good. It's what she has to say. Sens. Roberts and Brownback as well as Rep. Ryun were working with the community to try and find a way to allow the contractor (Day and Zimmerman) who ran the plant to continue to run it on a contract basis - the same thing Nancy Boyda (johnny come lately) is saying now. Except, Roberts, Brownback and Ryun knew it would be difficult and they chose to work behind the scenes with the community leaders to try and find a third way to get the job done.
Boyda has discovered what everyone else already knew, "The AMC has taken a hard-line stance on Base Realignment and Closure Commission requirements and has no interest in keeping a production capability at KAAP, even on a contract basis."
I contend it's better to not offer Parsons false hope in the name of scoring political points. However, that's not Nancy Boyda's style. Her style is to be as self-promoting as possible.
We'll see how it goes.
Dedicated to the proposition that Nancy Boyda is a one termer.