The Tiahrt campaign is pulling out all the stops when it comes to finding people who have been intimidated by Jerry Moran’s campaign, adding David Gittrich of Kansans for Life to the list.
“Congressman Moran’s inappropriate threats and intimidation tactics toward Kansas citizens has to end. Kansans should not have to fear Chicago-style threats from Congressman Moran or his staff simply because they don’t support his campaign. There is no place in Kansas for these actions,” said Michelle Schroeder, spokesperson for the Tiahrt campaign.
Gittrich added the following, in his own release from KFL:
After learning about threats the Moran campaign made towards Patricia Stoneking, President of the Kansas State Rifle Association, I have come to the conclusion that I too should have the courage to make public an eerily similarly threat I received from the very same congressional staffer.
Kansans for Life PAC has voted to endorse Todd Tiahrt. About a month ago, KFL PAC was publicizing an encounter between Karl Rove and Jerry Moran. This triggered a very angry and threatening phone call from Todd Novascone whom I know to be an official member of Jerry Moran’s congressional staff.
Novascone threatened me and Kansans for Life that if we did anything additional for Todd Tiahrt in a general way that he would come after Kansans for Life and me personally. In fact I recall him saying, “I have a lot of dirt on you going back to your days in high school”. He also threatened to undermine and discredit the Kansans for Life organization. I was shocked at the threatening nature of the call.
I don’t believe there is any place for these types of threats in Kansas politics especially from a campaign that is running on the theme that their opponent is engaged in a negative campaign.
Todd Novascone served in the Kansas State Legislature but this is not the Todd Novascone I remember. I have come to the conclusion that this pattern of threatening organizations and individuals that have expressed public support for Todd Tiahrt is being directed from the candidate himself.
Member of Kansans For Life Political Action Committee Board