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Moran fights back to attack

The Moran campaign fought back to attacks from the Tiahrt campaign which lached out at Moran for criticizing the Tiahrt family’s decision to live in  Washington D.C. during Tiahrt’s time in congress. Moran fired back with a release repeating his original and only message, Moran lives in Kansas. Tiahrt does not.

“Jerry Moran is a true Kansan,” said conservative state Senator Karin Brownlee. “He comes home every weekend to Kansas. Jerry lives out the values we cherish in Kansas. He consistently fights Washington’s spending problem by making the courageous votes against more entitlement programs. The differences between Jerry and Todd are stark. From his perch on Washington’s spending committee to his support of earmarks for Democrats like the Airport for Nobody to his false attack ads that don’t hold water, Todd Tiahrt acts like a Washington insider. It’s no surprise he is now running from his 16-year record of spending like someone from Washington.”

The home addresses of each candidate has become one of the fighting points of the campaign for Senator Sam Brownback’s seat. Moran’s latest television ad focuses on his relationship with his constituents and the fact that he returns to Kansas each weekend.

The Tiahrt family has not been shy about the fact that they lived in Washington D.C. during Todd’s time in Congress. It seems that the campaign in now searching for justification for the family’s years in D.C.

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18 thoughts on “Moran fights back to attack

  1. I’d like to see the total of taxpayers dollars Moran has spent on plane tickets back and forth every weekend. Besides, didn’t I read something about a C-Street residence? Oops, that opens up another big can of worms…

    Posted by krispycritter | June 26, 2010, 12:50 am
    • Every House member gets the same budget. Better Moran is spending his money on getting back home to see his constituents every weekend than sending out newsletters to let people know what’s going on. The C-Street thing is a non-issue. Only Rachel Maddow-watchers think it is. So, he rents a room with a bunch of other guys to save money and pray together. Big deal. Perhaps we’d have a better country if more representatives followed their example.

      Posted by ksbison | June 26, 2010, 3:23 am
  2. I can’t believe the Tiahrts chose to use the death of their son as an excuse to be together in DC. Poor taste.

    Posted by backroadsnewsroom | June 26, 2010, 3:40 am
    • Seems to me the Tiahrt’s are only wanting Moran to focus on the issues, instead of this sleazy, slimy, dirty politics he is currently engaging in. The Tiahrt’s chose to keep their family together and as far as I’m concerned that is exactly what a father and a husband should do. Maybe it worked for Jerry to be away from this family all week and return to Hays to do his “69 county tour,” but most wives expect their husbands to be active in the family – not a stranger who just shows up for a family picture. Moran has crossed the line with this….leave the Tiahrt’s family decisions out of this campaign Mr. Moran. I am a mother and a wife and if you want to see the women of this state mobilize you just keep on bringing up the Tiahrt family. And we haven’t even gotten into the utter hypocrisy of his whole, dirty campaign….hello, C-STREET? Come on, you pay below market rent, with a bunch of lying, cheating men who cover for each others affairs and you are criticizing a man for wanting to be with his family? WTF. Get ready to be unemployed Jerry.

      Posted by rex1980 | June 26, 2010, 4:03 am
      • Honestly I’m pretty sure it was Tiahrt who started the mud-slinging. Someone needs to check the archives of this blog if they were reporting the press releases from the beginning and see who started with the dirty politics.

        Posted by backroadsnewsroom | June 26, 2010, 4:21 am
      • And are you saying all the state representatives and senators, especially from Western Kansas, who spend the week away from their families in Topeka during the session and only go home on weekends are lesser people for it?

        Posted by backroadsnewsroom | June 28, 2010, 3:31 pm
  3. You mean when Tiahrt brings up Moran’s VOTES? Is that the mudslinging you refer to? I know it is hard to hear the truth about Moran’s RECORD, but he is the one who cast those votes to raise taxes and he needs to answer for them. Or maybe you are referring to Tiahrt’s “attacks” which only use Moran’s own his ridiculous statements praising Obama and Pelosi….not sure what your definition of dirty politics is, but talking about someone’s record and using their own words against them is a far cry from bringing up the Tiahrt’s decision to keep their family together. Let’s think about this for a minute….what is more “washington,” sleeping next to your wife every night and eating dinner with your family or shacking up with a bunch of your C-Street frat boy colleagues?

    Posted by rex1980 | June 26, 2010, 4:33 am
    • rex1980,
      You’re a solid Tiahrt supporter – mud-slinging must come naturally for you.
      This entire contest bothers me. These two Congressmen used to talk very highly of each other and used to work with each other on issues where each had expertise. Now they are both playing dirty (I contend Tiahrt is playing much dirtier) and acting like their opponent is the worst excuse for a politician ever elected.
      Freakin ridiculous. This is why I hate the state of politics and frankly, I like the Glenn Beck attitude of throwing them all out, especially if this is how they’re going to act.
      I’ve sent emails to both campaigns, chastising them for their decision to go dirty. They should’ve stuck to their resumes and their records (and Moran would’ve easily won on that because he reflects Kansas better than Tiahrt.)
      From Wikipedia: Tiahrt was born in Vermillion, South Dakota. He attended and earned a bachelor’s degree from Evangel College and received an M.B.A. from Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield.
      Ya, Tiahrt’s a real Kansas man. (And isn’t he legally required to keep that house in Goddard so he has a residence in Kansas? You know, to stay theoretical Kansan and to have a lawn to mow on occasion and all that.)

      Posted by backroadsnewsroom | June 26, 2010, 4:46 am
  4. Oh, and if you take stuff out of context to make dirty commercials, you could make anyone look like they’re the second coming of Pelosi. Kansans are smarter than to believe that crap.

    Posted by backroadsnewsroom | June 26, 2010, 4:47 am
    • Wow. Tiahrt was born and attended college in another state – shocking. How again does that matter AT ALL? The Tiahrt’s live in Goddard and have lived in Goddard for 29 years. Moran can’t win on the issues so he has decided to sell his soul and attack the family decisions of his opponent. He is going to have to look himself in the mirror after this loss and he will have to decide if it was really worth it. Moran’s blind ambition is disgusting and I can only pray that his family will never know the pain the Tiahrt’s have had to endure.

      Posted by rex1980 | June 26, 2010, 5:06 am
  5. Moran was the most popularly re-elected Congressman in the United States of America by his constituents in the last election. Why would that be, if he is as disgusting as you say he is?

    Posted by backroadsnewsroom | June 26, 2010, 5:31 am
    • Because he comes from a solid Republican district where he had no opposition. Just pointing out why he won so convincingly. Has nothing to do with whether, or not, he’s disgusting.

      It is truly unfortunate that this race has degenerated into a mudfest. Part of the reason for that is that Jerry has misrepresented who he is in the race to appeal to conservative voters and hence Todd replied by pointing out the discrepancies in that claim.

      Truth is both are conservatives, but Todd more so, hence the endorsements from Palin, Dobson, Rove, et. al. For some, that may be a reason to vote for Jerry, who of late has been courting many in the so-called “moderate” camp (as has my old friend Karin Brownlee).

      Bottom line, if you want solid conservative leadership, Todd’s your guy. If you want someone with a foot in both camps of the party, Jerry’s your logical choice. Both are pretty decent guys, this latest bickering aside.

      Posted by altevogt | June 26, 2010, 6:42 am
  6. Oh, backroadnewsman. You must have forgotten. Or, did you miss it altogether? You know, the part about the Senate poll that this blog just ran this past week, just for fun, to see which candidate, Moran or Tiahrt, would win if the election took place now. Great response, 6,500+ votes. Tiahrt won by a 7 point margin. EVEN WITH SOMEONE HACKING INTO THE PROGRAM TO MAKE IT VOTE FOR MORAN EVERY 10 SECONDS and FREEZING UP THE POLL.

    Of course Moran’s people denied having anything to do with it. And, of course that must make it so. NOT! Why would anyone waste their time trying to “fix” an online opinion poll that really doesn’t mean anything anyway at this stage of the game. Sounds like desperation to me, and a very sorry lack of principles.

    Posted by krispycritter | June 26, 2010, 1:20 pm
    • I just found this blog a few days ago, so I missed that except for the administrator’s explanation of the problem, which I didn’t even bother to go back and check out.

      Either way, this blog does not have anywhere close to 6,500 followers, or there’d be a lot more commenters. (I don’t know what the rules of the poll were, if you could vote once per day or just once per I.P. address or what.) But you can’t blame a candidate for the actions of one of their strange radical followers. It’d be like being angry at religion for Fred Phelps’ actions.

      I do appreciate the folks at the Sentinel for doing this blog though. From personal experience, I know how much work they are to administer.

      Posted by backroadsnewsroom | June 26, 2010, 2:40 pm
  7. PART I

    C’mon Mr. Moran this non-issue of who is a true Kansan is getting a bit tiresome. Are you a nice guy. Yes! Is Mr. Tiahrt a nice guy? Yes!

    On June 24th, I wrote a comment to the article entitled, “New Moran Ad Hits Tiahrt Over ‘False Attacks.’ It is still in the comment section.

    Once again, for those challenged by public school math (in my day it was called arithmetic)permit me to give you the stats I dug up. Out of the last 183 (including the current week-end) week-ends Mr.Tiahrt has returned home to Kansas 157 week-ends! I believe that is 86%. Mr. Tiahrt’s returning home is no less or no more than Mr. Moran’s.

    Let me explain the travel itinerary of our Congressmen. On late Thursday night or early, early Friday morning they are hopping planes back to their Districts for meetings, greetings, speeches, administrative chores and a little time with family. On late Sunday night or early, early Monday morning they fly out, back to Washington. That’s the schedule folks; doesn’t matter if your name is Tiahrt or Moran. The House has its rules and we pay these men to be in Washington when business is being conducted. Both men are mindful of their responsibility and do not shirk it.

    That’s the schedule folks…being more Kansan, cause I come home each week-end, is a mute non-issue. Each man divides his time between his family and Washington business the best way he can. Quit wrapping yourself in the Kansas flag Mr. Moran it does not become you. Please stop beating your campaign drum on this false issue, for it has a huge hole in it.

    Posted by jdn1947 | June 27, 2010, 3:29 pm
  8. PART II

    On June 24th, I made further comments regarding The Sun Publication’s endorsement of Mr. Moran. It’s chief rationale was Mr. Moran’s strong ties to Johnson County politicos, that had been developed over the years.

    Yesterday, June 26th, I was fortunate to attend the Olathe Republican Party outing in which all candidates of the 3rd District had a chance to meet, greet and speechify to the comitted Republican grassroots workers of the party.

    Each year a Straw Poll is taken from the party faithful as to who is their personal choice for President, Governor, Senator, 3rd District Congressman, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Insurance Commissioner etc. This poll is not scientific BUT these are the party faithful…the folks who sweat and turn out the Republican vote. These are the “likely” voters, the ones who count in an election…not the maybe’s not the general populace…these folks vote and they are the grassroots apparatus of the party machine.

    So the question is, in the 3rd District that includes Johnson County; who does the pary support in the Straw Poll? The results are…Schollenberger 2 votes, Johnston 2 votes, Moran 112 votes, Tiahrt 315 votes. Folks, Tiahrt garnered 73% of the vote! So you tell me, how strong is Mr. Moran in the 3rd District?? Hmmmmm…

    With Sarah Palin’s endorsement Thursday,Sean Hannity’s endorsement Friday and the vote of confidence from the party’s faithful on Saturday, who do you think has got the “Big Mo?”

    Mr. Moran had better start campaigning on the issues rather than fabricating non-issues like who is a better Kansan and comes home more. This election is not about how many Kansas roads you travel, Mr. Moran; it is about how tough are you going to be in the clinches?

    The party’s faithful know that Mr. Tiahrt has got all our backs when the biggest bar fight in fifty years takes place, next year in Washington D.C. I can’t picture you Mr. Moran, slugging it out, you slip out the side door before the fight even begins.

    Posted by jdn1947 | June 27, 2010, 4:27 pm
    • You mentioned the Johnson County straw poll. I just read on another forum that Tiahrt had two busses of supporters driven in to the Olathe event from Sedgwick County. Is this right? Why would that be allowed if we’d want to get some sort of fair numbers people could promote?

      Posted by backroadsnewsroom | June 28, 2010, 1:19 pm
  9. JDN1947, spoken like a true patriot. Just that facts. Just the truth. And a fighter in our corner in DC. That’s all We the People want.

    Posted by krispycritter | June 27, 2010, 6:55 pm

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