Daily Archives: Aug. 23, 2010

Roberts officially endorses Moran in Senate race

Moran

Moran

Roberts

Roberts

TOPEKA — Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts officially endorsed his old friend Jerry Moran in the race to fill Kansas’ other Senate seat Monday.

“We need Jerry Moran in the U.S. Senate to help us stand up and fight,” Roberts said during a joint appearance with Moran in the Kansas Senate chambers. “I’m going to be proud to serve the people of Kansas side-by-side with Jerry.”

Moran, of Hays, beat U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt, a Goddard Republican, to win the GOP nomination earlier this month after a bitter primary battle. He faces Democrat Lisa Johnston, Libertarian Michael William Dann and Reform Party candidate Joe Bellis in the Nov. 2 election. The winner will succeed Sam Brownback, who is leaving the Senate to run for governor.

Roberts’ endorsement is hardly a shocker. But Moran said he was delighted to have the support of a man he called a “long-time mentor.” The two men first met 36 years ago.

“I’ve never calculated how many votes Pat is worth,” he said of the endorsement, before casting a glance at Roberts. “But in his presence, I would tell you millions.”

AG hopeful Schmidt gets endorsement from former rival DeZago, endorses Pompeo

Schmidt

Schmidt

State Sen. Derek Schmidt, R-Independence, has gotten and given an endorsement today.

Schmidt, the Republican candidate for attorney general, picked up the endorsement of his recent primary opponent, Junction City prosecutor Ralph DeZago.

DeZago

DeZago

“If you were following our race, you know that the differences between Derek and me were only in the type of experiences we have had, never in beliefs or philosophy,” DeZago said in a statement issued by the Schmidt campaign.

Six

Six

Schmidt is seeking to unseat Attorney General Steve Six.

Schmidt, meanwhile, endorsed Republican Mike Pompeo’s candidacy in the 4th Congressional District.

Pompeo

Pompeo

“Mike understands how the burdens of government overregulation and a punitive tax system hurt the economy, small businesses and working families,” Schmidt said in a statement from the Pompeo campaign.

The Pompeo campaign has also scheduled a news conference Tuesday to announce an endorsement from Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan.

Goyle

Goyle

Pompeo is facing state Rep. Raj Goyle, D-Wichita, in the 4th District race to replace the departing Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard.