Pompeo’s possible Senate bid
If Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is running to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, Republican of Kansas, then he should quit his rather important day job and do that.
Or if, as he told The Star and The Wichita Eagle in a testy, credulity-straining interview, Oct. 24, he isn’t even thinking about it, then he should by all means focus on U.S. diplomacy and stop hanging out here every chance he gets.
If it’s the first, Mr. Secretary, then you are also going to have to drop the put-upon posture and answer the many valid questions that a Senate run would require with less attitude and more truthfulness.
In case you’ve forgotten what a straightforward statement sounds like, here’s one: It’s an unnecessary imposition to ask anyone to believe you were in Wichita because Ivanka Trump “told me, gosh, probably four or five months ago that she was coming out here for an event at Wichita State.”
“Some really remarkable work that was being done at Wichita State to train the 21st-century workforce along with private sector companies, the biggest Spirit and Textron, some of the smaller companies too. And I reminded her that’s my hometown, I’d love to come out and be part of that. Because that workforce development matters to my mission too.” (AP)