Moran, Tiahrt trade jabs on tea party, deficit vote

Senate candidates Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt are crossing rhetorical swords over where the other should have been Thursday.

In competing press releases, Tiahrt is accusing Moran of ducking out on the tea parties held in Kansas on tax day; Moran is accusing Tiahrt of ducking out on a Congressional floor vote on the deficit.

Both are currently members of the House of Representatives competing in the Republican primary for the Senate seat being vacated by Sam Brownback, who is running for governor.

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Tiahrt has $1.5 million in the bank for Senate race

tiahrt_toddRep. Todd Tiahrt reported today that he has raised more than $375,000 since January in his race for the Republican Senate nomination.

Tiahrt said his filing with the Fedeal Election Commission reported that he has $1.5 million in cash on hand.

His opponent in the GOP Senate primary, Rep. Jerry Moran, has not yet released his report.

Tiahrt to make Senate race official

tiahrt_todd2Republican Rep. Todd Tiahrt plans to take the last step he needs to take to make his Senate candidacy official, the Associated Press reports.

His campaign says he plans to file for the office Thursday, filling out the necessary paperwork at 10 a.m. at the Sedgwick County Courthouse, the AP says.

Tiahrt will be the second Republican to file for the U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. Sam Brownback, who plans to run for governor. Rep. Jerry Moran also has filed, setting up a Republican primary in August 2010.

But will they get any hits?


U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran, who is running for the Senate, announced today that he is launching a House YouTube Web site so Kansans can “know about the work I am doing on their behalf.”

His opponent in the Senate race, U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt, set up a similar site nearly year ago. Mostly, the sites feature video of the congressmen making speeches on the House floor. In just under a year, Tiahrt’s site has gained 14 subscribers and has had 461 channel views. Moran started his site March 18; by Friday morning, it had 46 views. Both Moran’s campaign and Tiahrt’s campaign set up YouTube sites last year. By Friday, Moran’s had seven subscribers to Tiahrt’s four.