Jenkins Comment About Unemployed Criticized

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

A Democratic challenger is taking exception to comments made by 2nd District Rep. Lynn Jenkins at a forum in southeastern Kansas.

Jenkins said in Columbus Wednesday that some people are happy to collect unemployment benefits rather than work.

The Joplin Globe reports that Jenkins made the statement during a gathering with a handful of candidates and residents in Cherokee County.

She is being challenged in November by Topeka minister Tobias Schlingensiepen. He said the comment showed that Jenkins has spent too much time in Washington and is out of touch with her district.

The 2nd District stretches from far southeastern Kansas north to the Nebraska border. Jenkins is seeking her third term.

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