The heat on Sen. Pat Roberts (in photo), R-Kan., over his voting residency has stirred rumors that he might retire in favor of a “stronger candidate – potentially Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer,” according to the Hill. Tea partier Milton Wolf has a radio ad referring to the three-term Roberts as “the senator from Virginia.” But Roberts is fighting back, including with his own radio ad mentioning Kansas 11 times. Colyer told the Hill that “Pat Roberts is running and he’s a great candidate” and disputed any suggestions of insufficient conservatism on Roberts’ part: “He was cool before conservative was cool.” Meanwhile, national radio commentator Jim Hightower weighed in on Roberts’ tea party challenge and hard right turn. “Roberts has put on his crazy pants, altered his beliefs, and is dancing like a fool with the ideologues,” Hightower said, noting he voted against the farm bill and the United Nations treaty to ban discrimination against people with disabilities. He concluded: “Come on, Pat, you’ve been in Congress for 34 years, you’re 77 years old, and you’re getting a gold-plated pension for the rest of your life. Is six more years in the Senate really worth selling out people with disabilities – not to mention selling out your own integrity?”
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