Fourth Congressional District Congressman Todd Tiahrt is using tax week to “bring attention to the numerous votes (Congressman Jerry Moran) has cast throughout his career in support of tax increases.” Tiahrt is positioning himself as a fiscal conservative in the race for the U.S. Senate, noting that he has “never supported a tax increase and has pledged to continue fighting to lower taxes and grow the economy from the bottom up, if elected to the U.S. Senate.”
“Jerry Moran’s record of opposing the Bush Tax Cuts, voting to retroactively increase income taxes on bonuses paid, and sponsoring legislation to increase both income tax and sales taxes in Kansas, clearly shows his desire to increase taxes on the hard-working people of Kansas,” said Tiahrt campaign spokesperson, Michelle Schroeder, in a press release issued Tuesday. “It is only natural, considering Moran’s record, for the Kansas taxpayers to question whether they can afford Jerry Moran in the U.S. Senate.”
But Moran is fighting back with his own statement noting that Tiahrt voted voting on a tax affecting American’s air travelers and pointing out that Moran supported the 2003 Bush tax cuts and other methods to lower American’s taxes.
” Not only did Jerry vote for the 2003 Bush Tax cuts and countless other efforts to lower taxes by billions of dollars, but Tiahrt’s desperate pitch failed to point out that literally just weeks ago, Todd supported a tax increase on every airline passenger in America – one of Tiahrt’s numerous votes against low taxes.”
Moran’s camp threw their own punch at Tiahrt pointing out his fondness for earmarks and “controversial spending.”
“Todd Tiahrt went to Washington and has made a career out of supporting wasteful earmarks, controversial spending and becoming part of Washington’s culture of spending and corruption,” Moran’s communications director Dan Conston said in his release Tuesday afternoon.