Any Roberts challenger faces long odds

Toppling three-term Sen. Pat Roberts (in photo), R-Kan., would be a long shot for anybody, let alone a little-known district attorney. Further complicating Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor’s decision of whether to run is that Kansas Democrats’ most recent victor in a U.S. Senate election was George McGill in 1932. But a recent SurveyUSA poll, sponsored by KWCH, Channel 12, indicated Roberts isn’t invincible, finding 54 percent disapprove of his job performance. And it’s healthy for the state for voters to have choices, and for someone who has served on Capitol Hill as long as Roberts (32 years) to have to defend his record and justify re-election. Taylor said Monday that he will conduct listening tours around the state before deciding on a 2014 Senate run. Roberts also faces a long-shot challenger from the right, Leawood radiologist Milton Wolf (a distant cousin and harsh critic of President Obama).