Roberts didn’t mean to endorse Yellen

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., inadvertently made national political news Monday in Wichita when he was asked at the Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association annual meeting about a successor for Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. “I wouldn’t want Larry Summers to mow my yard,” Roberts said of the former Treasury secretary. “He’s terribly controversial and brusque and I don’t think he works well with either side of the aisle, quite frankly.” Though he expressed reservations about Federal Reserve Vice Chairwoman Janet Yellen as well, Roberts’ comments at the meeting about her being “very solid in how she approaches fiscal matters, the economy and the Fed” came across as an endorsement. He later told Politico that he was “not putting Yellen yard signs out in Kansas” and had already planned to vote against her out of concern that she would continue “easy money” policies. “I never intended to endorse her,” Roberts said. “I don’t like being the lone coyote on the Hill saying I’m for her.”