The McPherson Sentinel has chosen to endorse Rep. Jerry Moran for Senate in the Kansas Republican Primary on Aug. 3.
Our endorsement is offered not so much on what Moran has promised to do in the Senate, as much as what he has done in the House of Representatives. Moran has been a capable and approachable congressman that has represented the 1st District well, and we believe he will continue to do so in the Senate for the whole state.
However, our endorsement is colored by a sense of disappointment in how Moran has conducted himself as a candidate. As we have said before, the Todd Tiahrt/Moran race has been neither inspiring nor substantive. The main debate seemed to center on who was the most conservative between the two, and not on what said conservatism could do for the citizens of the state. However, Moran seems more likely to step beyond pure ideological warfare, and reach across the aisle to find common ground and common, bipartisan solutions to the nation’s issues. We feel that is the kind of representation that’s needed the most right now to break the gridlock in our nation’s capitol.
Rep. Tiahrt is good man and an honorable public servant who has served his district well. He has attracted many nationally known figures to his campaign, including former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and conservative commentator Sean Hannity. Yet, these endorsements, along with several statements by Tiahrt, indicate a reluctance to engage with the opposition when needed. We have enough politicians who draw a line in the sand, without considering other options first.
We need someone who can compromise when needed, and buck their own party when the occasion calls for it. Moran has a record of both, and of service to the 1st District. While we would have liked to see more of Congressman Moran in this race, as opposed to Candidate Moran, it is for these reasons we endorse him in the primary.
The McPherson Sentinel