Daily Archives: July 21, 2010

Moran, Tiahrt join Tea Party Caucus

Both Rep. Jerry Moran and Rep. Todd Tiahrt, two of three Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate in Kansas, have joined the newly formed Tea Party Caucus.

Tiahrt’s congressional office issued a release on his decision late Tuesday. Nothing official immediately came from Moran’s camp. So this morning, Tiahrt’s Twitter account had several tweets implying Moran couldn’t make up his mind about joining. One read: “What to do? What to do? Snapshot of @moranforkansas typical indecision.”

But Dan Conston, Moran’s campaign spokesman, said in an e-mail that Moran had joined the caucus Tuesday “before any comments from Tiahrt.”

Conston said Moran’s congressional office hadn’t issued a release about Moran joining the caucus because Moran was attending his mother’s funeral this morning in Plainville. Madeline Moran, 93, died Saturday.

The caucus was formed July 15 by House Republicans, led by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.). The group’s goal is to “promote Americans’ call for fiscal responsibility, adherence to the Constitution and limited government,” Bachmann wrote in a letter to Rep. Robert Brady (D-Pa.), who chairs the House Administration Committee.

Pompeo calls Hartman ad ‘a fraud’ | Hartman campaign stands by its ad

Mike Pompeo

Mike Pompeo

Mike Pompeo says that a new ad aired by rival Republican congressional candidate Wink Hartman is “a fraud” and he is asking television stations to pull it from the airwaves unless Hartman can provide proof.

The ad, which began airing last night, features (but does not identify to viewers) Daniel Lind, the former owner of Machining Concepts Inc. Lind’s company supplied machined parts to Thayer Aerospace in the early 2000s, when Pompeo was president of the company.


Wink Hartman

“Pompeo’s business practice forced me to declare bankruptcy, lay off all my employees and to lose benefits,” Lind says looking into the camera in the ad. “Mike Pompeo promised to pay me and didn’t. You can’t trust what he says.”

Hartman’s campaign stands by the ad, campaign manager Scott Paradise said. “They flat out didn’t pay him,” he said.

In a press conference this morning, Pompeo called the ad a “malicious attack” of a “desperate man,” and he said that Lind was paid in full — about $351,000. His campaign passed out manila envelops with an e-mail from Glenn Steele, chief operating officer of Thayer Aerospace Manufacturing (now known as Nex-Tech Aerospace), that says “all legitimate claims have been paid to all of our suppliers.” Another e-mail from Steve Becker, Chief Financial Officer of Kice Industries, who was Thayer’s controller from April 2001 to January 2005, said all suppliers were paid while he was there.

The envelopes also contained Lind’s personal bankruptcy filings, which do not list Thayer as “accounts receivable.” It’s unclear whether any business bankruptcy filings contain reference to Thayer. Read More »