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McPherson Sentinel/Prairie Politics endorse Moran for Senate

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


About Katie Stockstill-Sawyer

I am a city girl that is learning about life on the farm. I met and married a fourth-generation farmer, Derek. I am now a farmer's wife and country girl. The move has required a few changes and a lot of learning. But I wouldn't change my new life and all of the little lessons and surprises it provides.


2 thoughts on “McPherson Sentinel/Prairie Politics endorse Moran for Senate

  1. Hmmm… no explanation for why so many national figures who know both men quite well have endorsed Tiahrt over Moran. List the endorsers on Tiahrt’s side and you have Karl Rove, Tom Tancredo, Dr. James Dobson, Sarah Palin, various Tea Party groups and on and on. And on Moran’s? Kansas’ often corrupt, leftist media.

    If you want a tempermental, indecisive weakling whose staff has a reputation for threatening people and organizations who don’t endorse him (and that would be about everyone), vote Moran. If you want a recognized leader with a backbone and a reputation for staying the battle, vote Tiahrt.

    Posted by altevogt | July 28, 2010, 2:06 pm
  2. Hmmm—a little defensive, aren’t we, altevogt? Typical of liberals and those I’ve seen involved in the Tiahrt campaign—-so quick to dish it out, but can never take it. The reason more national figures “know” Tiahrt is because they all live and play around together—in the WDC area—or one begets the other—Palin endorses, so Hannity says, “oh yeah, she likes him, I should too….” Popularity contest, all political. Moran comes back to Kansas and if you look more closely, you’ll see that Moran’s endorsements are the Kansans—not WDC, New York, or California “national celebrities.” Corrupt, lefist media? What a complement to the McPherson Sentinel and Prairie Politics! Surprised you’re here in the middle of “the corruption…..”

    You know a true fighter should be able to handle it himself. Anyone else notice that almost all the events, townhalls, etc. that Tiahrt has had include someone else doing the majority of the talking? Had to laugh at the story from Tiahrt’s McPherson recent townhall—where a whole 30 people attended—that the title and the photo caption both exclaimed, “Tiahrt Speaks…..” but when you looked at the photo, Tiahrt’s sitting in the back listening to Dr. Wolf, whom he’d brought along—-which one are we electing anyway?

    Except for very conservative Moran endorsers (what? not corrupt liberals?) Senators Jim DeMint and Tom Coburn, Moran has done ALL of the talking to the Kansas people himself.
    The whole of the Tiahrt campaign has been about how many endorsements he could add to his collection—and about negative campaigning about Moran. This is leadership? This is backbone? Where are all of them going to be when the election is over?

    Posted by beckbeliefs | July 29, 2010, 12:46 am

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