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Moran's tea party cred will protect Roberts; Romney's Kobach problem with Hispanic voters


U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., is vying for the chairmanship of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which works to get more Republicans elected to the Senate.

Roll Call reported Thursday: "Moran’s boosters said his tea party appeal will help block primary challenges for potentially vulnerable Members such as Sens. Pat Roberts (Kan.), Lamar Alexander (Tenn.) and Lindsey Graham (S.C.)."

Some interesting dissection of the presidential race has focused on Mitt Romney's failure to attract Hispanic voters, and that string leads to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

According to this article in The New Republic, after Texas Gov. Rick Perry jumped into Republican Party presidential contest, Romney attacked him on the right as being soft on illegal immigration.

In January, during the Republican Party primaries, Kobach, known nationally for pushing tough anti-illegal immigration legislation, endorsed Romney and Romney praised Kobach.

"I'm so proud to earn Kris's support. Kris has been a true leader on securing our borders and stopping the flow of illegal immigration into this country. We need more conservative leaders like Kris willing to stand up for the rule of law," Romney said.

Romney even started using the same term Kobach used to describe how the Kobach-written laws were making people "self-deport."

But after winning the GOP nomination, Romney said in an interview with Univision America Radio that he had never met Kobach and his campaign described Kobach as an "informal adviser." Later, the Romney campaign said Romney and Kobach had met but not in formal policy meetings.


Steve Jacob 5 years, 5 months ago

Is he running in 2014? He would be 84 when he ended his term in 2020. As a moderate democrat, I always liked the guy,and if the tea party does not like him I like him more.

Roberts will win any election, but I hope the Democrats can come up with someone for Senate if he does not run, but that might involve Sandy Praeger and a lot of cash.

storm 5 years, 5 months ago

People who are German, Jewish, Hispanic, etc should not be categorically defined as illegal immigrants.The term illegal immigrant and Hispanic or Latino shoud not be used interhchangably. Kobach is going after illegal immigrants. Right, Wrong or Indifferent. Period.

wastewatcher 5 years, 5 months ago

It is time for Roberts to take a bow and ride off into retirement. No democrat will beat him ever or for that matter will beat any quality Republican. The answer is to run a quality Republican who can defeat OLDTIMER ROBERTS in a primary.

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