I was called a "jacka_ _" for posting on Nancy Boyda's recent run-in with USA Today. So, I want to take a moment to be clear on the seriousness of the problem here.
Nancy Boyda accepted a fundraiser that was organized and paid for by a lobbyist. And, she told WIBW that it was to "thank her" (her words according to WIBW, not mine) for getting an earmark for Iola. It does not matter how worthy the earmark is. This is a serious problem and sounds like a quid pro quo. She may be investigated by the House Ethics Committee because of it.
Moreover, Nancy Boyda explicitly ran for Congress on the mantra that "Nothing Will Change Until We Change Congress." She said, "special interests just don't influence Washington, they own it." These again were her words, not mine.
When the lobbyists offered to throw her this thank you fundraiser, she could have stood by the courage of her convictions and said, "no." But, she didn't.
This is not a surprise to me. Nancy Boyda is not one to let her previous positions and principles get in her way. She has often shifted her positions, especially on two major issues of the day - Iraq (too many times to recount here) and Immigration (in 2006 she opposed a border fence and supported a pathway to citizenship for illegals).
Now, she has abandoned her call to clean up Washington, and even defended her actions as "legal" (sounds like so many other politicians that get in hot water). That very well may be true, but she'll probably have to answer to the Ethics Comittee on that question.
For us in Kansas, she needs to answer this question, what makes you think you can get away with such hypocrisy?
For those of us who voted against her, we're not surprised.
Dedicated to the proposition that Nancy Boyda is a one termer.