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Slattery faces Democratic rival

August 3, 2008

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U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Democrat Jim Slattery are in full campaign mode, spending big bucks on television ads, and running statewide in preparation for the November general election.

But Slattery first faces Lee Jones on Tuesday in the Democratic Party primary.

Jones, a railroad engineer from Overland Park, concedes he has been overlooked, but said he is the best candidate to represent average, everyday Kansans.

One of his main issues is that recent trade policies, such as NAFTA, have hurt U.S. workers. If elected, Jones said, "The first thing I would do would be to re-work all our trade policies and make them fair to the American worker and their families."

Slattery was a congressman who represented the 2nd Congressional District for 12 years. After a failed bid for governor in 1994, he worked in Washington, D.C., as a lobbyist and lawyer.

Slattery said he decided to enter the Senate race because the federal government - from the war in Iraq to the economy - has gotten off track.

"I have been observing the federal government from the outside - watching the breathtaking incompetence and indifference in our political leadership," he said.

Both Jones and Slattery have been highly critical of Roberts, especially Roberts' allegiance to President Bush on the war in Iraq and fiscal policies.

Comments

Centerville 6 years, 4 months ago

63BC:To clarify: I think you're quoting Slattery, right? He's laughable. As a lobbyist with Whinin' Rein, he is way inside the Democrat bubble.Jones has made the same claim, with veracity, but Rothschild was too busy reading the menu to notice.

Centerville 6 years, 4 months ago

Jones was in first, has lived and worked here all his life. Has been a good Democrat and a very decent man. Has been repaid with having to run against a guy who's still banking on his formerly remotely Robert Kennedy-esque looks to earn him the Democrat nomination. Why Sebelius decided to give Slattery staff and office space is one of the many mysteries that too many Democrats don't want to confront.

Centerville 6 years, 4 months ago

Nice of the LJW to finally mention Jones, as Scott's been so busy trying to help Slattery.

Frank Smith 6 years, 4 months ago

Jones seems to have had terrific positions, save for his take on immigration, which I've just discovered. I've already voted. Can I get my advance ballot back?I suppose I should call Ron Thornburg, the Kathy Harris of Kansas.

63BC 6 years, 4 months ago

"I have been observing the federal government from the outside - watching the breathtaking incompetence and indifference in our political leadership," he said.Ha! "From the outside" From the outside of what, the Members Dining Room? The Members Gym?

KevinS 6 years, 4 months ago

Jones is being largely ignored by the MSM because he has zero chance of winning. What's he raised so far? $15K? Sean Tevis, running for state rep. in Olathe, has raised more than that. Jones deserves respect for getting into the race early when Roberts didn't have an opponent with a chance, but Slattery can actually win the race against Roberts.

Boston_Corbett 6 years, 4 months ago

"Why Sebelius decided to give Slattery staff and office space is one of the many mysteries. . ."Are you seriously suggesting this is a mystery?

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