U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Hays, says President Obama has too many “czars.” The Kansas Democratic Party says Moran is trying to please right-wing voters.
On Thursday, Moran, who is running for Senate, said he introduced a resolution calling on Obama to stop appointing “czars.”
“The Obama administration’s excessive ‘czar’ appointments exemplify the ever-expanding federal bureaucracy and big government that Kansans and Americans have grown tired of,” Moran said.
But Kenny Johnston, executive director of the Kansas Democratic Party, said, "For eight years Jerry Moran said nothing as Bush made a record number of executive appointments.
“To speak up now is nothing more than an attempt to court far-right primary voters.”
Moran faces U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, in the GOP primary for the Senate seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., who is running for governor in 2010.
Johnston pointed to an analysis done by FactCheck.org, a non-partisan, non-profit group that analyzes U.S. political issues and claims for accuracy.
The group said “czar” is a label mostly used by the media as shorthand for long titles of people who advise the president. And it said that President Bush’s administration had more “czars” than the Obama administration.
Moran has also sponsored legislation to prohibit playing the salary of “czars” who haven’t been confirmed by the Senate.