Skip to comments.Opponent targets Sen. Pat Roberts over Kansas residency
Posted on 07/22/2014 5:16:33 PM PDT by cotton1706
KANSAS CITY, Mo. Elections are just two weeks away in both Kansas and Missouri, and one of the bigger races is a Republican primary for a U.S. Senate seat in Kansas.
In new commercials, three-term Sen. Pat Roberts is being challenged about his ties to the state.
Roberts' residency came into question last winter after a New York Times article noted he doesn't live in a house in Kansas.
Challenger Milton Wolf is running a commercial that says Roberts "rents a La-Z-Boy recliner at a donor's house on a golf course."
While Roberts does rent a supporter's home in Dodge City, he also owns a house of his own there. He rents his house to other tenants and pays Kansas taxes.
The New York Times article said Roberts moved his voting address to the Dodge City rental last year, about the time he drew a primary opponent.
A state board ruled earlier this summer that Roberts is eligible to run for re-election from the state of Kansas. He has either been a Kansas congressman or senator or worked on the staff for one for a long time.
"Pat Roberts moved to Washington 47 years ago," said the Wolf commercial.
Wolf has made the residency issue a centerpiece of his campaign. Earlier this month, Roberts also made a remark on a Kansas City radio station that Wolf's campaign and the Senate Conservative Fund have pounded on.
"Every time I get an opponent, uh, I mean every time I get a chance, I'm home," Roberts said.
Roberts said he's still a Kansan. He has made a point of mentioning that he has been to all 105 Kansas counties.
(Excerpt) Read more at kmbc.com ...
Have Bob and Elizabeth Dole yet cut the winning commercial for Roberts? That’s all it would take in KS.
Tired old story. Wolf is Obama’s cousin, BTW.
Isn’t Dodge City a heavily Dole — I mean Roberts — area?
Basically senators like accent nobles no longer live among the people they are suppose to represent.
I seem to remember a rather specific clause of the Federal Constitution that spelled out that Senators and Representative must actually be residents of the States they claim to represent.
This is pretty sad, no wonder the state is so poorly represented.
The turd emerges every six years.
KMBC implies that Roberts rents a house in Dodge City. He does not. He rents “space” in a house that is owned and occupied by one of his supporters. The sole purpose of this rental is to provide him an address for tax and voting purposes. You can rest assured that on those rare occasions when he comes to Dodge City, he stays in a hotel.
Roberts has lived in the Washington area since 1967. He owns a home in Alexandria. His wife is a full time real estate agent in Virginia. His cars are titled and licensed in Virginia. His children went to school in Virginia. He is an absentee Senator as far as Kansas is concerned. That is a valid issue as he stands for reelection and a large number of people will not vote for him for that reason.
Agreed. Residency requirements are SO fluid that you can almost drive through and are a resident.
Bobby Kennedy put that little clause to rest.