Bush To Visit Topeka; Support Jenkins

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WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Bush is coming to Topeka this month to help raise money for State Treasurer Lynn Jenkins' congressional campaign.

Bush will host a private luncheon fundraiser for Jenkins on Sept. 16 at a local residence. Jenkins is challenging incumbent Democratic Rep. Nancy Boyda.

The last time Bush came to Topeka was in 2006, when he held a rally for Republican Rep. Jim Ryun at the Kansas Expocentre. Days later, Ryun lost his bid for re-election in a surprise upset to Boyda.

Campaign spokesman Josh Hersh says Jenkins doesn't agree with the direction that Republicans or Democrats have been taking the country. But he says Jenkins is honored to host Bush.

Invitations to the event ask for $500 to attend and up to $7,500 for a couple to have their picture taken with Bush.