Skip to comments.Sen. Pat Roberts Clicks Heels Together, Goes Back to Kansas "Every time I get an opponent"
Posted on 07/05/2014 1:44:14 PM PDT by PoloSec
At the eleven minute mark of this 15 minute interview, Kansas Senator Pat Roberts is reduced to a stumbling, bumbling pile of a 47 years in Washington incumbent who can't manage to coherently explain why he doesn't actually live in Kansas anymore.
And perhaps the worst of it is when he admits that he does click his heels together to go back to Kansas on occasion .... seemingly only when he gets an opponent. Roberts may not have distinguished himself as that much of a wizard in D.C. over the years but if a slot opens up in Oz, perhaps Dorothy will consider him as a write in after hearing this embarrassing performance.
Asked about his residency during an interview Thursday with talk radio station KCMO in Mission, Kansas, Roberts said: Every time I get an opponent I mean, every time I get a chance, Im home.
Yes, the residency portion of the interview really is that bad, leaving a broad opening to his opponent Dr. Milton Wolf, as Politico points out here.
Pat Roberts has been in Washington for 47 years, and for him now to admit that he comes home to Dodge City only when he gets an opponent is a slap in the face to Kansans, he said in a statement.
... the gaffe reinforces a criticism that Roberts is too close to Washington and out of touch with his state. The New York Times reported in February that the senator is a virtual stranger in his home state, renting out his Dodge City property and staying with two donors when he stays in Kansas.
As per the New York Times at link above: "It is hard to find anyone who has seen Senator Pat Roberts here at the redbrick house on a
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This crap was already posted.
Why is this crap?
If we ever get to repeal the 17th amendment, it might be good to require that senators vote from their home state capital. This would distribute the power even more back to the states.
Because, we in Kansas know Roberts as a conservative and have never heard of Miltie. Claiming to be “Tea Party” candidate is the new thing but this guy has no record of being what we are looking for. Give us a candidate who has a track record of being more conservative and we will vote that way. Lip service is something for the Clinton supporters.
Do you recall the Senators who stood with Ted Cruz?
Ok - so tell me what did Roberts do to reduce the size and scope of the federal government when Republicnans were in charge of everything? What did this “conservative” do?
He’s been in Congress since 1980. Thats long enough.
So, you are freakin’ pleased with a senator from D.C? No wonder the establishment can’t be toppled, with guys like you. Wolf is an intellectual who impresses every time I hear him.
Not everyone in Kansas is happy about having a Senator from Virginia representing us in the U.S. Senate. The guy left Kansas in 1957. The only time I’ve seen him is when he came to Leavenworth for a town hall meeting at the Riverfront Center. The subject was the Obama Administration’s strawman to close GITMO and move the detainees to Ft. Leavenworth. He thought all of it was a bit of a joke and laughed the whole thing off. He was right politically, it wasn’t going to happen, but his attitude toward the hayseeds of Kansas came across loud and clear.
I agree with you, he is crap.
That’s how you behave when you don’t live in the state and when you think that you are entitled to the seat for life.
Stupid argument. Come up with a better candidate and I will vote for him. I'm not voting for an unknown on the off chance he will be more conservative.
Sorry. Do your own homework. Tell me what he did to increase the government. Being a Kansan, I have a vote and it is for Roberts. You evidentially are not proud enough of your state to list it.
This crap was already posted.
Quite often crap gets posted mutliple times on FR.
OK, as an actual Kansan I respect your dog in the fight as opposed to these other guys. It’s your vote. Vote for Wolf. You may be right. He may be Cruz. He may be Reagan. I don’t know and that’s my problem. Being a hayseed from Kansas I sometimes see Snake Oil salesmen where there are none. If Roberts were getting rich in Virginia, I’m sure he could own two homes.
Its not a stupid argument. Washington thinks they are the ruling class and anyone whose been there 34 years is eyeball deep in the corruption. Its naive and stupid to think otherwise.
No real of the 17th Amendment. period. What, you want a little club electing Senators?
Let's see. Senator Roberts makes $174,000 a year. His estimated worth according to Forbes and WSJ is 1.1 million. He has been in congress since 1980. I may be naïve but corruption doesn't seem to be all that lucrative.
Good for you. I am from Louisiana and am very familiar with Senator Roberts. He is truly one of the best conservative serving. I would love to have him represent our state instead of Mary Landrieu. We are fortunate to have Senator VItter, who is also very conservative. Some of these tea party candidates are not being vetted enough to show us a truely conservative record. I have supported some of the tea party candidates, but some have been a dissapointment. I for one want us to have control of the senate and send Harry Reid back into the majority.
The other most important statement you made was that you is Kansas know your candidate, Roberts, and you should make the difference, not other states. I fear we will lose some good conservatives nad thus lose the chance of winning back the senate.
Good Luck Kansas.
Thanks. I think we found out in 2008 that Change is not always a good thing.
Thus, unlike you, I don't live in Kansas, but so long as Pat Roberts or Jerry Moran get to vote on national laws, national budgets and national taxes, I and each and every other American have standing to criticize or support either of them and you have the same rights as to 98 non-Kansan Senators. America, it's a great country!
All that having been said, we don't ask much of a person who seeks to serve in the Senate: American citizenship; at least 30 years of age and a residence in the state he or she seeks to represent. Since Roberts has been in Congress or the Senate since 1980, I would suppose he has met the age requirement and now seeks a fourth term in the Senate. I have never heard any question as to his American citizenship.
OTOH, there is that pesky residence requirement. Apparently Roberts is such a tightwad with his own money that he won't rent a studio apartment or even a bedroom in Kansas. Not the first senator or congresscritter to do so and probably not the last.
As to age, 77 years old is a good time to call it quits and he should. His career is not THAT memorable in any event. If his opponent is supported by Mark Levin, that's good enough for me.
Yeah, hearing him repeat about he's "Barack Obama's fearless conservative cousin" ad infinitum just blows me away.
Senator Roberts long has owned a home in Dodge City. It currently has a tenant; he also pays rent at a residence where he stays when he is in Dodge City. He pays Kansas state tax and property tax. There are those pesky facts.
Yes, they do, the anti-17th crowd is so deluded they believe career politicians in the state legs "oppose federal power", which is so stupid it's not even laughable. It's even more hilarious because the same people usually back weak primary challengers to any incumbent, who would have no chance under their preferred electoral system.
And never mind the entire idea of repealing the 17th is politically untenable, talk about a wedge issue, the polls would go about 90-10 against. But they won't ever shut about it.
Roberts is a solid conservative, Wolf is a random nobody with no record and no rationale for running.
Let’s recap his platform
1)Dammit Jim, I’m a DOCTOR NOT A POLITICIAN!!
2)I’m Obama’s 7th cousin twice removed, it will make him mad if I win, even though he doesn’t know who I am.
3)Um, Roberts lives in DC most of the time.
Pathetic. Pathetic that so many freepers (most of them not from Kansas) are in his corner, and why? Because his majesty Mark “do as I say” Levin endorsed him. His last little project, RINO Queen Liz Cheney elicited the same kind of response, but the good people of Wyoming laughed her right out of the race.
Crystal clear choice, there is reason to replace Roberts at all, let alone with some unknown guy running a stupid campaign.
Hey chumps, there’s a proven conservative state legislator named in Joe Carr in Tennessee who’s running against a Senator who DOES need replacing, Lamar Alexander. Maybe put your energy somewhere useful? I know I know, Levin hasn’t told you to care about that race yet, but maybe you should get a clue and care anyway.
And please don’t whine and endorse the democrat when conservative Pat Roberts kicks Wolf’s butt.
Sounds like he is a very bad steward of his own money. If he is that bad of a steward with his own money, how does he handle other peoples' money?
Did he vote for the stimulus and the bank bailouts?
Why is everyone who is against Roberts so ignorant of his voting record? If you have a problem with a guy know how he votes. What is Wolf’s record? Oh he doesn’t have one so he’s my man? By the way, Roberts voted against Stimulus.
Oh and no on Bank Bailouts.
You can ask Milton Wolf that same question after he blows all that money losing his primary campaign.
Right BillyBoy, you’ve convinced me to stick with the establishment lackey Roberts!
Fortunately I doubt most Kansas conservatives will drink the kool-aid that "Obama's cousin" is selling.
I used to pay property taxes in Florida but that did not make me eligible to run as a Floridian for the Senate. I used to rent a hotel room whenever I was there. Owning rental property does not qualify unless you reside in that property which Roberts does not. Although Roberts has a better voting record, this is Richard Lugar/Part II.
Time for a new senate nominee.The fewer years in DC, the less likely the corruption. How did Roberts vote on raising the debt ceiling on demand? For! Has Roberts aligned with McConnell or with Cruz? McConnell! I imagine he chipped in to help Thad Cockroach to pay Democrats to illegally vote in the runoff in MISSISSIPPI.
If you know your post to be true (which most of them are), then I retract my support for Roberts' opponent. OTOH why do these guys insist, at advanced ages, on running until they are carried out feet first? And why is it soooo hard to simply rent a studio apartment as a residence to cover the constitution. The man makes a lot more $$$$ than I ever did or probably most of us ever did. Yes, he needs a DC area residence as an effective condition of holding his office, but still.... It just looks bad.
I agree entirely with your position in favor of the 17th Amendment and of popular election of US Senators.
Wolfe is the guy who finds amusement in the x-ray photos of gunshot victims and posted them publicly on his facebook page, right? And after all of that coming to light, there are people here still supporting him?
I appreciate that. Too few people speak out against what would be a *very* counterproductive change.
Some people would support literally anyone if Mark Levin told them to.
Most of these people are the same rocket scientists that want Grimes to win in Kentucky.
Roberts may not be well known outside of Kansas but his record certainly reflects Kansas conservatives. For example, Roberts was one of only a handful of GOP Senators who stood with Ted Cruz and supported his 21 hour filibuster against Obamacare (interestingly enough, another Senator who stood with Cruz and votes conservative 95% of the time was Mike Enzi, who the “all incumbents are automtaically evil” crowd wanted to replace with RINO Liz Cheney). ( See: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/harry-reid-filibuster-government-shutdown-97263.html ) We know where Roberts stands and he is a reliable conservative 90% of the time and has a rock solid track record on issues like pro-life, pro-traditional family, gun-rights, anti-Obamacare, etc., etc.
The most damning thing about Wolf, on the other hand, is that his image as a “fearless conservative fighter” seems to be manufactured for his Senate race and simply didn't exist before he decided he wanted a Senate seat. If you talk to rank and file Kansas conservatives, they've never seen Wolf lift a finger to promote any “conservative cause” or candidate before he came out of nowhere and used his distant family relationship with Obama as an excuse to market himself for a Senate seat. One example is Milton Wolf never had any interest in guns before, but decided to buy himself a “lifelong membership” in the NRA right before he announced a Senate bid, and told a gun store he needed to buy a “big, scary gun” (his words, not mine) so he could portray himself a gun entheusistic and champion of the 2nd amendment (see: http://metrovoicenews.com/milton-wolf-sheeps-clothing/) His actual background before he reinvented himself as a “conservative fighter” is nothing to write home about, and he has plenty of disturbing baggage in his career, like the news that he used to post autopsy X-rays on facebook for laughs.
To me, there's no question which candidate makes more sense to back. You have a proven conservative who is not 100% perfect but is one of the most reliable and steadfast Ted Cruz allies in the Senate vs. some unknown creep of questionable character with no track record -- whose only “qualification” for a top political office is that he's Obama’s distant “cousin”.
Roberts will win.
Roberts will win overwhelmingly.
Wolf is a nut and a fraud, and will probably be charged with some privacy violations in October, so that the Democrats can have this Senate seat, in the unlikely event that Wolf wins the primary.
Please stop wasting time and money by promoting this complete FAKE Milton Wolf. Wolf has NO conservative record at all.
Yes I realize that you probably agree with me.
It's only crap to the GOPe and the oligarchy want to keep the gravy train running.
Troglodytes like Roberts spend 2/3 of their life in Washington DC, don't even LIVE in the states they're supposed to REPRESENT, and because they continue to do things that benefit the ruling class (and trickle-down some crumbs to the great unwashed), their electorate is expected to hand them the golden scepter, election cycle after election cycle, until they die.
That's not the representative republic that the founding fathers intended, it truly is an oligarchy. Those on FreeRepublic who object to threads and stories like this have something to gain from the Roberts GOPe machine.
Absolutely I agree with you, but unfortunately these Milton Wolf propaganda threads keep popping up and distracting conservatives, so I have to refute them. I wish they’d spend 1/10th of the energy on attacking real RINOs as they do promoting this phony “conservative fighter” Wolf.
Career DC insider and full-time resident of Virginia.
Ran for U.S. Senator from "Wyoming" and was hypocritically supported by the SAME crowd (RedState.com, Mark Levin, etc.) that is now bashing Roberts' residency.
I agree with you. Or were you trying to refute my point somehow?
Kind of appropriate.
In the political satire, The Wizard of OZ, the Emerald City was Washington DC...green representing paper money.
The Wizard was any president.
The Wicked Witch of the East was the industrial revolution, it turned men into machines (tinman, factory worker)
The Wicked Witch of the West was the drought. (killed by pouring water on her)
The scarecrow represented the Midwestern farmers who didn't think they were smart enough to have a voice in Washington.
The munchkins were the little guy.
The yellow brick road was bricks of gold, and OZ is the abbreviation of ounce, the story refers to the elimination of the gold standard.
The "poppies" were the popular issues of the day. They put people in a daze and kept them from seeing what was really going on (much like Hollywood, reality TV and sporting events.)
The Cowardly Lion was William Jennings Bryan.
You agree that most Milton Wolf supporters had no problem supporting a DC insider living in another state when Liz Cheney ran?
I agree that there is too much corruption in Washington DC, and spending 2/3 of one’s life in Washington DC is reason enough to retire a politician, no matter what party he or she belongs to. I also believe that Roberts is the poster boy for why the Seventeenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was such a terrible idea.
The 17th amendment has nothing to do with term limits, and states that are safely controlled by one party (e.g. the Massachuttes state legislature or the Idaho state legislature) would have no problem appointing a party insider to serve as U.S. Senator for life, so I’ll have to disagree with you there.
If the 17th amendment were repealed, a Ted Cruz type would stand zero chance of being selected by the establishment politicians in the state legislature.
That's a nice straw man you've got right there. Who said it did?
Love your straw men. Just because our broken system managed to miraculously produce a terrific politician like Cruz doesn't mean it's not worthy of serious criticism. We managed, despite the system, to get a Cruz, but we're also stuck with the likes of worthless troglodytes like Roberts, Cochran, McCain, Graham, etc., who do nothing for their home states, but yet manage to enrich themselves and their pals in power.
You're all over the map with your attempts at logical thinking and argumentation there, kemosabe.