TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Democratic candidate challenging 2nd District Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins says some of her campaign contributions go against the interests of the district.
Tobias Schlingensiepen questioned just whom the incumbent represented.
"Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins has taken hundreds of thousands of dollars from banks and insurance companies, and she has repeatedly voted against the people of the 2nd District, and for the interests of wealthy corporations," the candidate said of his two-term Republican opponent.
Schlingensiepen, in his first news conference at the Jayhawk Tower, said her voting record shows her allegiance.
"CongresswomanJenkins voted against prohibiting banks from changing your credit card rate at will every month," he said. "She voted against restricting the bonuses bailed out banks pay to their executives."
"She voted against creating a consumer watchdog agency," he listed.
Schlingensiepen said Jenkins collected more than $610,000 from the financial industry over the years.
Jenkin's campaign responded by saying Schlingensiepen was "either confused or perfectly willing to distort the facts for political gain."
Jenkins' campaign manager Bill Roe in a statement said, "While the figure he cites as having been contributed from the financial services industry is a fabrication, the vast majority of support Congresswoman Jenkins did receive from the financial industry is from folks working for credit unions and community banks across Eastern Kansas who are also entitled to a voice."
Also today, the Kansas GOP blasted Schlingensiepen for a comment he made at a candidate forum in July, which they say is insulting to those without a college degree.
In a video posted on Youtube, the Republican Party shows Schlingensiepen telling an audience, "I went a semester to Washburn, then graduated from the University of Kansas in 1986 with a Bachelor in classical languages. So I'm now officially branded as an elitist by the opposition ... I actually have an education."
"Mr. Schlingensiepen owes a heartfelt apology to the 65% of Second District Kansans of Voting age who do not have a college degree," Clay Barker, executive director of the Kansas Republican Party, said.
Schlingensiepen dismissed the idea he or anyone with a higher degree is elitist.
"That's an interesting spin," he said. "We in Kansas value education, we always have."
Schlingensiepen and Jenkins are participating in a candidate forum at Eudora Middle School Sunday.