Karl Rove was in Kansas over the weekend for a pair of rallies endorsing Todd Tiahrt for U.S. Senate, which drew a rebuke from the Moran campaign.
“It’s no secret that Karl Rove would come to support Todd Tiahrt. Karl doesn’t like Jerry Moran because Jerry stood up to him. Karl’s job was to line up votes to pass the President’s agenda and while Jerry agreed with much of the Bush agenda, he put his foot down against major increases in spending and government bureaucracy, like opposing No Child Left Behind,” said Moran communications Director Dan Conston. “If you didn’t do what Karl Rove wanted you to do 100 percent of the time, you were punished for it. Well, that’s not a democracy and Jerry Moran is nobody’s lapdog. He wouldn’t be bullied. We have great respect for Karl Rove, but Karl Rove doesn’t live in Kansas, he doesn’t know Kansas like Jerry Moran does, and like Todd Tiahrt, he’s been in Washington a long time.”
To which the Tiahrt campaign responded:
“Jerry Moran has been in Washington longer than Karl Rove. Mr. Rove arrived in 2001 with President Bush, whom Congressman Moran said was harder to work with than President Obama,” said Michelle Schroeder, spokesperson for the Tiahrt campaign. “Mr. Rove understands the importance of electing a true conservative champion to the Senate who is willing to fight for Kansas and the country. The truth, which Congressman Moran cannot refute, is that he has voted to increase sales, income and property taxes throughout his career, he voted with Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats against the $726 Billion 2003 Bush Tax Cuts package, and he praised Obama and the Pelosi takeover of the House.”