GREG ORMAN: ‘INDEPENDENT’ IN NAME ONLY
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.