Daily Archives: June 28, 2010

Update: Anderson, Rutschman weigh in on debate flap; Pompeo campaign manager responds

Mike Pompeo

Mike Pompeo

Four of the five Republican candidates in the 4th District congressional race are calling foul on opponent Mike Pompeo, over a letter proposing one-on-one debates between himself and supposed fellow frontrunner Wink Hartman.

Hartman, state Sen. Jean Schodorf , small-business owner Jim Anderson and engineer/rancher Paij Rutschman joined in criticizing Pompeo’s proposal, saying he was trying to boost his chances by turning a five-candidate Republican primary into a two-man race.

Pompeo’s campaign manager said Pompeo is not trying to limit debates involving all the candidates, but proposing additional, deeper debates between himself and Hartman as the frontrunners.

The letter, signed by Pompeo campaign manager Rodger Woods, cites a recent KWCH poll of 4th District voters showing Pompeo and Hartman with 39 and 37 percent — with Schodorf, Anderson and Rutschman in single digits.

“In light of the separation between groups of candidates, both in the polls and in other areas such as fundraising and volunteers, I believe voters would be well-served by the opportunity to compare the top two candidates side by side,” the letter said.

The letter goes on to propose a series of four debates between Pompeo and Hartman only.

In a statement, Hartman’s campaign strongly rejected the proposal. “Mike Pompeo’s plan to anoint himself as the ‘real’ candidate while excluding others is a page straight out of the Washington, D.C. playbook,” Hartman campaign manager Scott Paradise said.

Woods replied that Pompeo has been in a dozen all-comers forums and plans to participate in at least three more before the Aug. 3 primary election.

He said he proposed the one-on-one debates so the two frontrunners could discuss issues in greater depth than is possible with four to five candidates on stage.

Hartman wants “to hide behind other candidates,” and “is not interested in the deep debate that you get when you narrow the field down,” Woods said.

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Hartman, Schodorf denounce debate exclusion proposal by Pompeo campaign

State Sen. Jean Schodorf and fellow congressional candidate Wink Hartman are calling foul on opponent Mike Pompeo, over a letter proposing one-on-one debates between Pompeo and Hartman.

The letter, on Pompeo for Congress stationery and apparently signed by Pompeo campaign manager Rodger Woods, cites a recent KWCH poll of 4th District voters showing Pompeo and Hartman with 39 and 37 percent — with Schodorf, small-business owner Jim Anderson and engineer/rancher Paij Rutschman in single digits.

“In light of the separation between groups of candidates, both in the polls and in other areas such as fundraising and volunteers, I believe voters would be well-served by the opportunity to compare the top two candidates side by side,” the letter said.

The letter goes on to propose a series of four debates between Pompeo and Hartman only.

In a statement, Hartman’s campaign strongly rejected the proposal.

“Mike Pompeo’s plan to anoint himself as the ‘real’ candidate while excluding others is a page straight out of the Washington, D.C. playbook,” Hartman campaign manager Scott Paradise said.

Schodorf called a news conference, where she denounced the proposal as “elitist.”

“The people should decide who represents them in Washington, not good-old-boys making clandestine agreements about which candidates voters see and hear,” Schodorf said.

Woods could not immediately be reached for comment.

Moran leads Tiahrt in SurveyUSA poll

Moran

Moran

A poll conducted for KWCH shows Jerry Moran holds a 20-point lead over Todd Tiahrt in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate in Kansas, according to results released today.

With a little more than five weeks before the Aug. 3 primary, 53 percent of those polled said they would vote for Moran. Tiahrt drew 33 percent.

In the Republican primary race for governor, Sen. Sam Brownback leads Joan Heffington 76 percent to 17 percent. Seven percent were undecided. There isn’t a Democratic primary for governor. Read More »

Be heard on city budget issues at 6 p.m. today

coin pinchLet’s face it, city budgets can be a bore if you’re not part of the municipal government realm. Heck, budgets in general are a drag to slog through for most of us.

But this year — not to mention last year — is different because of the major changes that could be forced by budget deficits.

Below are a few reasons Wichitans should consider viewing and commenting on tonight’s preliminary budget presentation on cable Channel 7, online at www.wichita.gov or at City Hall at 6 p.m. (Arrive early to get through security.) Read More »

Tiahrt wins Olathe GOP straw poll

Tiahrt

Tiahrt

Olathe Republicans endured the humidity Saturday to come out and meet candidates for this fall’s elections.

In between hot dogs, candidate stump speeches and a Patrick Henry impersonator, the 800 or so Republicans who braved the heat cast ballots in a straw poll. Todd Tiahrt won big over Jerry Moran in the U.S. Senate straw poll, 315 to 112. Kris Kobach easily dispatched his more moderate opponent, Libby Ensley, 298 to 98, with 25 votes for J.R. Claeys.

And for president in 2012? Sarah Palin all the way.

What is an endorsement by Sarah Palin worth?

Palin

Palin

Not much, according to a recent poll.

On the same day last week that the former vice presidential nominee announced she was backing Todd Tiahrt in the Republican Senate primary in Kansas, an NBC/Wall Street Journal released a poll that touched on a wide variety of topics.

Buried deep in the poll was a question that asked people how they would respond if a congressional candidate had various hypothetical attributes. Read More »