It seems the mud-slinging between the Moran and Tiahrt campaign heated up again Tuesday. Tiahrt’s announcement of a state-wide advertising campaign that “exposes the truth of Jerry Moran’s record on taxes” drew quick criticism from Moran’s campaign, which labeled the ads as negative campaigning and “another desperate negative attack, typical of Washington politicians seeking to hold onto power.”
Tiahrt is pushing hard his message of true conservatism and attempts in the ads to point out Moran’s support of tax increases during his time in Washington.
“Behind this smile rests a disturbing truth. about Congressman Moran. His tax record. Moran votes for higher income, property, and sales taxes. Then, he turns his back on conservatives and his party, voting with Pelosi to block tax cuts. Moran raises taxes and votes with Pelosi. Todd Tiahrt is a Kansas conservative who hates taxes and takes on liberals, in a fight to save his country. I’m Todd Tiahrt and I approve this message.”
Moran’s campaign, in turn, pointed to its lead in the polls and labeled Tiahrt as negative and desperate.
“Mr. Tiahrt’s ad is like the rest of his campaign — negative, devoid of facts and clearly desperate. Kansans know Jerry Moran is a true fiscal conservative, having voted for lower taxes over 200 times in Congress, including the ’01 and ’03 Bush tax cuts and repeal of the death tax. Most recently, Jerry introduced the Small Business Jobs and Tax Relief Act. Jerry’s consistent record working to reduce the size of government includes votes against every stimulus and bailout proposed by either political party, because wasteful spending in Washington has no party labels. Tackling Washington’s spending problem, Jerry has also sponsored a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution, and pushed for meaningful earmark reform by sponsoring the Congressional Accountability Act.”
Tuesday’s battle hits at the root of the campaign- a fight over who is more conservative and less typical politician. Moran is trying to paint Tiahrt as a true Washington politician and has pointed to the fact that his wife and family lived with him in Washington, not in Kansas. Tiahrt, in return, is trying to show voters Moran’s past votes for tax increases and lack of consistent fiscal conservatism.
The first of three public debates will be taking place in only weeks. It will be interesting to finally see these two political heavyweights battle it out- without press releases and campaign managers.