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Jenkins faces tea party challenger in Kansas 2nd

Associated Press - August 3, 2014 6:41 am

Jenkins faces tea party challenger in Kansas 2nd

Kansas congresswoman Lynn Jenkins faces a Republican primary tea party challenger who accuses her voting to allow the indefinite detention of American citizens.

Joshua Joel Tucker, of Pittsburg, also said Friday that the House’s GOP leaders aren’t doing enough to challenge Democratic President Barack Obama.

Jenkins is seeking her fourth, two-year term representing the 2nd District of eastern Kansas. The primary is Tuesday, and the winner will face Democrat and Lawrence attorney Margie Wakefield in the November election.

The congresswoman defends her vote for 2011 legislation authorizing the military detention of terrorism suspects, saying Tucker and other critics are wrong in contending it allows U.S. citizens to be held indefinitely.

Campaign manager Lee Modesitt says Jenkins is working hard to make sure Kansans’ voices are heard.