Looks Like a Democrat, Quacks Like a Democrat, But…
Sen. Pat Roberts’ (R-Kansas) campaign continues to call out Greg Orman for claiming Republicans are going to vote for the independent candidate in a race that Real Clear Politics has branded a “tie.”
Roberts’ supporters on Capitol Hill and in the super PAC Ending Spending Action Fund are putting large amounts of money into the campaign to make sure Kansas voters believe as they do that Orman is really a Democrat.
Orman, a Princeton University graduate with a degree in economics, is trying to stay away from the usual two-party squabbles.
Orman has said he isn’t affiliated with either party, doesn’t know who he would caucus with in the Senate, and believes the U.S. would be better off if more politicians felt that way.
It is true the standard two-party dynamic of American politics was blown apart with the ferocity of the twisters of which Kansas is so proud when Democrat Chad Taylor dropped out of the Kansas Senate race.
So there is no Democrat in the race, right? Wrong, said Corry Bliss, the manager of the Roberts for Senate campaign.
"Greg Orman is a liberal Democrat through and through. 'Republicans for Orman' is nothing but a sham and an attempt to dupe Kansas voters,” Bliss argued.
OK, Bliss has a strong point there. Orman may not want to be affiliated with either party, but he has no problem proclaiming his support from the GOP.
The Orman ad, "Republicans for Orman," that debuted Oct. 13 featured Sandy Praeger, the Kansas state insurance commissioner, who says in the ad that even though she ran as a Republican and “grew up in a Republican household” she plans to vote for Orman.
"It is no surprise that Sandy Praeger would support Greg Orman,” said Bliss. “Praeger and Orman are both pro-abortion. They are both pro-gun control, and they both oppose repealing Obamacare.”
The question of Orman, who Bliss and other Roberts supporters insist must be a Democrat if he looks like a member of that party and sounds like a member of that party, is being debated from Atchison to Topeka and Wichita, too.
"On the same day Greg Orman announced a new ad called 'Republicans for Orman,' he also announced a fundraiser hosted by the son of liberal billionaire George Soros. He brought in Democratic staffers from Washington to run his campaign. He donated tens of thousands to Democrats, including Barack Obama, Harry Reid, and Hillary Clinton. He ran as a Democrat in 2008,” said Bliss.
The question of Orman’s party affiliation matters to Kansas voters.
The Republican-leaning Remington Research Group released a survey Oct. 14 that showed most voters in Kansas want Republicans to control the U.S. Senate.
However, it also showed most Kansans who are registered to vote believe Orman is more like a Democrat and an independent than a Republican.
But the Remington survey also shows Orman is still within striking distance of beating Roberts. He trailed the former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee by only 2 points, 48-46 percent.
The Democrat-leaning Public Policy Polling survey released Oct. 14 had Orman leading Roberts 44 percent to 41 percent with Libertarian candidate Randall Batson in the race. Orman led Roberts by 3 points, 46 percent to 43 percent, without Batson’s name on the ballot.
Roberts’ campaign took a big hit before the GOP primary when questions surfaced about whether he maintains a residence in Kansas or if he just rents space in a supporter’s home in Dodge City during campaigns.