Senatorial candidate Jerry Moran picked up two newspaper endorsements over the weekend. The Wichita Eagle- which is published in Tiahrt’s district- threw its support behind Moran, noting that it believes Moran has a “better statewide perspective on issues and should provide a more reasoned, balanced approach to lawmaking”. The Salina Journal also picked Moran to fill Senator Sam Brownback’s seat citing Moran’s work for agriculture and his ability to break party lines when necessary to benefit Kansas.
The endorsements are much-needed good news as both Moran’s former campaign manager, Paul Moore, and the state rifle association both announce their support for Tiahrt since Friday. Moore- who obviously has some beef with his former boss- authored a letter that was distributed Saturday saying that Moran was not “instinctively conservative” and that he was backing Tiahrt- the man he worked for several months to defeat. It was a sudden, and unexpected announcement of support for the Tiahrt campaign, who has yet to really respond to the allegations.
The Moran campaign was also forced to deal with accusations of harassment from the Kansas State Rifle Association president, Patricia Stoneking. The Tiahrt campaign released a lengthy statement in which Stoneking talks about her mistreatment by Moran’s campaign.
Both Moore and Stoneking are using the most of their 15 minutes of fame. Stoneking is held a press conference this afternoon and Moore is sharing his story to any publication that will listen.
Like Moore’s statements, the Moran campaign has offered little to counter the allegations except to flaunt their own, new endorsements. At this point, with only eight days left until the primary, it’s all politics, all the time. The parties are throwing everything they have at one another- seeing what will stick. It’s going to be a long week but it will definitely be an entertaining ride to the end.