Archive for Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Slattery announces U.S. Senate bid

April 29, 2008, 10:40 a.m. Updated April 29, 2008, 11:09 a.m.


U.S. Pat Roberts' radio ad

Radio ad from U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts that criticizes Democrat Jim Slattery.

Democrat Jim Slattery fields reporters' questions

Jim Slattery, a Democratic hopeful to unseat U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, talks with reporters after his campaign announcement.

— Former congressman Jim Slattery, a Democrat, on Tuesday announced his bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, a Republican.

Introduced by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius before a cheering crowd, Slattery promised change in Washington, D.C., and criticized Roberts for marching lock-step with President Bush on the Iraq war and federal economic policies.

"My opponent is an entrenched politician who moved to Washington, D.C., before Neil Armstrong landed on the moon," Slattery said.

Slattery took Roberts to task for backing policies that have resulted in increased national debt and high gasoline prices while oil companies reap record profits.

He blasted Roberts, who was chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, for his oversight during the run-up to the war in Iraq.

"Senator Pat Roberts supported a reckless fiscal policy and Iraq War policy of the Bush-Cheney administration," Slattery said.

The Roberts' camp issued a prepared statement at the kick-off event that criticized Slattery for working as a lobbyist since 1994.

"Already this week, Pat Roberts has won a huge victory for Kansas manufacturing jobs by defeating new taxes in the aviation bill," said Roberts campaign spokeswoman Ashley McNanus. "Meanwhile, in 14 years as a Washington lobbyist, the only thing Jim Slattery's changed is his address," she said.

Slattery represented the 2nd congressional district for 12 years prior to running for governor in 1994. He lost that race to Bill Graves.

Slattery faces Lee Jones, an Overland Park railroad engineer, in the Democratic Party primary in August.

Roberts is seeking his third six-year term in the U.S. Senate. Prior to that, he served in the U.S. House and first worked in Washington in 1967.


63BC 10 years, 1 month ago

"Oh, give me a home...where the lobbyists roam!"

jasonc_22 10 years, 1 month ago

i really love the Neil Armstrong line...that's classic.Pat Roberts is the epitome of the "DC insider" type of politician of which we so desperately need to rid ourselves.

Joel Hood 10 years, 1 month ago

What was it Churchill said, something like, "Demacracy is a terrible form of government, we just haven't found anything better..." Ok, so I probably misquoted this, but you get my point. Without taking sides, is it better to always have fresh representatives with little or no congressional experience or do you prefer to have the experienced DC insider representing you? Slattery calling Roberts a DC insider is the pot calling the kettle black. Most people who want change want the other party out or they want someone else's experenced guy/gal out. Was it all bad for Kansas to have Bob Dole in office so long? Even if you disagree with his politics, KU benefited from his tenure.

situveux1 10 years, 1 month ago

Let's replace Roberts with a lobbyist. Yea, that's great argument.

Fatty_McButterpants 10 years, 1 month ago

Wow, a politician who promises "real change"? That's a new approach...It reminds me of elementary school, when kids running for student council would promise more recess, less homework, and more ice cream in the cafeteria.Break out the's starting to pile up already.

sunflower08 10 years, 1 month ago

Yeah--funny how Slattery is jumping on the Obama "change" coattails. Last I checked, Obama won't even accept a contribution from lobbyists. The call for change Slattery is so desperately trying to latch on to is calling for getting rid of people like him!

KS 10 years, 1 month ago

Is Slattery out of a job? I thought lobbyist's made more money than politicians?

BigDog 10 years, 1 month ago

Slattery took Roberts to task for backing policies that have resulted in increased national debt and high gasoline prices while oil companies reap record profits.-----------------------------------I wonder if Jim Slattery's lobbying firm, of which he is a partner, lobbied for policies or spending which contributed to the national debt and high gas prices.

BigDog 10 years, 1 month ago

How long has Jim Slattery been an insider in Washington?Not a big supporter of Roberts but its hard to trash him about how long and being an insider when he has been there when you've been in Washington DC since 1983.Can't someone run who is not already part of the problem??

yourworstnightmare 10 years, 1 month ago

Roberts has been a toady for Bush, running cover for him in the Senate Intelligence Committee, making sure the actions of Bushco were never investigated by the legislative branch.Roberts blew the Air Force tanker deal, costing Kansas jobs and tax revenue. Roberts is ineffective for Kansas and does not represent the state. Rather, he is simply a mouthpiece for whatever Bushco wants.Some campaign resume.

BigDog 10 years, 1 month ago

Roberts blew the Air Force tanker deal, costing Kansas jobs and tax revenue. ------------------------------------------Please explain how one senator is at fault for this?Don't give me the "he was the Chair of the Intelligence Committee" - he wasn't when this was approved.Don't give me the "he was when it was initially proposed"- truth is Boeing has themselves to blame for not getting the contract when it was initially proposed several years ago. As a result of their corrupt actions several high ranking officials in Boeing were fired and a couple went to jail. Oh and Boeing paid a huge fine to the government.

BigDog 10 years, 1 month ago

Oh and a little piece about Boeing possibly being investigated again for more recent work on a government contract. This kind of stuff may be playing a role in Boeing not getting this contract. Maybe Boeing ought to look at themselves. Not saying this contract should have went to a foreign company .... just maybe not Boeing.

yourworstnightmare 10 years, 1 month ago

My mistake. It is not solely Roberts' fault. Tiahrt and Brownback are also to blame. The three should have been lobbying hard. Roberts and brownback are our national representation, and Tiarht's district houses Boeing.Would Bob Dole have let this one slip by? Nancy Kassenbaum Baker? No way. Roberts, Brownback, and Tiarht are incompetents. Time for them to retire.

yankeelady 10 years, 1 month ago

There is another Democrat in the race. Lee Jones, he ran last time against Brownback but needed more visibility. This time he has a better organization and a good message, he just needs to get it out there. It is a shame the campaigns all seem to last years anymore, it doesn't leave time for anything else, which is a big part of the problem. You have to have money, staff, etc. How do you get those on a grassroots basis?

BigDog 10 years, 1 month ago

yourworstnightmare:Is it Nancy Boyda's fault that the government contract for military Hummer tires are not sole sourced to Goodyear anymore?It is her district.

BigDog 10 years, 1 month ago

Lee Jones has no chance, he has a cloud involving some domestic issues that will keep him from going very far.

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