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Olathe businessman to challenge Roberts


Sen. Pat Roberts (R)![][1][(AP) Orman of Olathe takes step toward U.S. Senate race against Pat Roberts:][2] Greg Orman, a 39-year-old Olathe businessman, filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday, a step toward taking on Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts next year. A virtual political unknown, Orman, a Democrat, would be a long shot to unseat Roberts, who served eight terms in the U.S. House before winning a Senate seat in 1996. Mike Gaughan, Kansas Democratic Party executive director, said Orman would make a public announcement soon.[(Topeka Capital-Journal) Federal grants awarded:][3] The Topeka-based Disability Rights Center of Kansas will receive an $82,500 federal grant to investigate abuse and neglect of people with mental illness. The grant, announced this week by Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., was awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services. Roberts' office also has announced that more than $258,000 has been awarded to national scenic byways in Kansas. Two of the grants involve Flint Hills projects. The other grants are $20,000 for a wetlands and wildlife project in Barton, Reno, Rice and Stafford counties, and $76,638 for statewide byways wildflower and geology brochures. The funds were awarded by the Department of Transportation. [1]: http://roberts.senate.gov/Roberts-020405-18060-080-CFFflipped.jpg [2]: http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/story/391879.html [3]: http://cjonline.com/stories/120607/loc_223258598.shtml


BigDog 10 years, 5 months ago

The reason no bigger political figure (Sebelius, Parkinson, Slattery) chose to get into this race is they surveyed the political environment and decided Roberts was going to be tough to beat. There is also a reason the state party recruited Orman and that is the state party didn't want to have to spend much of their money on this race.

It will be interesting to see how this shakes out with Orman as late as November was not even registered as a Democrat in Kansas and listed as his home in Florida for 2004 and 2006 elections.

Sunflowerpower68 10 years, 5 months ago

BigDog -- it was a mistake for a bigger-named Dem not to go after Pat. The dude is a disgrace and was fairly vulnerable. Not now, though. The Dems have waited to long to strike.

Also, it'll be fun to see people criticize this Orman fella because he lived in Florida. Yeah, Roberts has been stateside quite a bit as of late -- late being the optimal word. He has lived in DC for most of his adult life with quick trips back to Kansas. He is from Hutchinson, not Dodge City. He claims Dodge city as his home because he knew that would go over with the farmers. Is he ashamed of being from Hutchinson? I don't know. All I know is he lies about his roots. You have to remember, Roberts is of the same blood as his father, who took a bribe while head of the Republican party. Sure, don't judge the man by what his father did, but Roberts himself showed an unbelievable lack of character in his rush to lick Cheney's feet while facilitating the war with Iraq as chairman of the Intelligence Committee. Way to lead your beloved Marines to the meat grinder, Pat.

But I digress. All I ask is that you not criticize a man with Kansas roots who might have been registered elsewhere in the past. Do you think Pat will return to Kansas once he retires. Heck no. He'll stay in the DC area because that is all he knows. I've also heard his wife is a nightmare from the south. Do you think she'll ever move to a place so parochial as Kansas?

jasonc_22 10 years, 5 months ago

I think the reason no big name D is running against Roberts this year is because Brownback isn't running for re-election in 2010- why run against and incumbent when there will be an open seat only a few years down the road.

Orman is the same as lots of people starting out in politics: most people had never been elected to something before they ran the first time- for instance, Congresswoman Boyda, even Dennis Moore (yes, he had been DA, but hadn't ever had any legislative experience). I'm not worried he isn't qualified just because he hasn't been elected to anything else- if anything, a fresh face, a non- career politician should be a welcome change for the people of Kansas.

Roberts isn't popular and he isn't safe- only about 50% of Kansans think he is doing a good job- not anywhere near what someone coming up for re-election wants their approval rating to be.

I can't wait to get my Orman yard sign!

Sunflowerpower68 10 years, 5 months ago

I agree with you about the opening Brownback will leave. i just would like to see Roberts go down. I'll admit that he seemed nice when he came to my town, but I would like to see a change in Washington.

mick 10 years, 5 months ago

Roberts is going to get a ton of money from big Pharma. He's the one who killed in committee the attempt to get them to negotiate better prices with the government. He chaired the committee at the time.

63BC 10 years, 5 months ago

United States Senator is not an entry level job.

This guy was picked because he has two attributes: a huge bank account and enough of an ego to spend some of it.

Neither is a worthy qualification for public office.

Sunflowerpower68 10 years, 5 months ago

what's this too young and not-enough-political experience stuff? For the latter complaint, do you folks really believe in an institutionalized Senate in which you have to be part of the political machine for years on end to have the proper creds to be a senator? It's really not that hard to be one, mainly because you take credit for what your staff does. Do you think Roberts even goes to the bathroom without his chief of staff's permission let alone make decisions that affect this country.

And to you folks who believe he is too young, look at Jefferson, Hamilton and others who were quite young when this country was founded. The Senate could prosper from an infusion of youth and new ideas. The current expired crop of desiccated sycophantic politicians who are suckling at the teat of big business sure ain't getting it done right now. But I guess it's better not to rock the boat because change might happen and change, as we all have learned, is bad.

Sunflowerpower68 10 years, 5 months ago

And Spywell, nice dig at his party affiliation you moron. I suppose you are a big Bushie. Bush is the biggest Democrat in the WH since FDR. Clinton was more conservative than Bush. There is not longer a clear demarcation between what it means to be a Democrat or a Republican. The leaders in each party will say anything to stay in power. The Republicans now are all up in arms over spending by Democrats, but they were just as bad, if not worse from 1994 to 2006.

Sunflowerpower68 10 years, 5 months ago

ok, moron might have been a tad harsh. but get rid of the "vilification of tDemocrats" attitude until the Republicans actually start acting like true conservatives.

bugmenot 10 years, 5 months ago

Exactly. Both parties spend the same amount. The difference is who you want to see the money go to - rich fatcat corporate-types or people on welfare. It's not a great choice.

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