GREG OR­MAN: ‘IN­DE­PEN­DENT’ IN NAME ONLY

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Elec­tion drama in Kansas con­tin­ues. The bout be­tween in­cum­bent Repub­li­can Sen. Pat Roberts and in­de­pen­dent hope­ful Greg Or­man grows in­tense with news that Democrats are in se­ri­ous woo­ing mode, seek­ing to at­tract the party­less chal­lenger into their fold. Jonathan Soros — son of George Soros — staged a re­cent New York City fundraiser for Mr. Or­man in a swell spot over­look­ing Cen­tral Park. That is a very long way from Kansas.

Ob­servers claim the Soros fundraiser is proof that Mr. Or­man is no in­de­pen­dent — though the can­di­date con­tin­ues to claim that his sta­tus is the path to “break­ing the par­ti­san stran­gle­hold in Wash­ing­ton and get­ting our coun­try back on track.”

Such things do not es­cape the grass-roots crowd, specif­i­cally the Tea Party Ex­press, a large and feisty po­lit­i­cal ac­tion com­mit­tee within the move­ment. They have en­dorsed Mr. Roberts and dis­missed his ri­val. Ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Tay­lor Bu­dowich deems Mr. Or­man “a weather­vane politi­cian in a fancy suit” — and one who makes his de­ci­sions based on a damp­ened fin­ger to the wind. The or­ga­ni­za­tion has their eyes on a cer­tain Ne­vada se­na­tor how­ever.

“The en­tire con­ser­va­tive move­ment is united in putting an end to Harry Reid’s reign, and for ac­tivists in Kansas, that means de­fend­ing one of Reid’s big­gest op­po­nents, Se­na­tor Pat Roberts,” Mr. Bu­dowich says.

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