Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) is a 47-year incumbent, living and working in Washington, DC for just about all of a half-century. For the first time in a long time, Mr. Roberts is facing serious questions about his voting record, his loyalty to his constituents in Kansas, and even his residency. (The Constitution requires U.S. Senators reside in the state the represent.)
Tea Party backed Senate challenger Dr. Milton Wolf has released a devastating series of communications that have defined the embattled Mr. Roberts as a tired, entitled, out-of-touch, Washington elitist unconcerned with the real challenges Kansans struggle with daily.
In short, Roberts – along with the Republicans endorsing him – are in trouble.
This latest find by the Wolf campaign doesn’t help at all:
Overland Park – Pat Roberts has been wildly unsuccessful trying to explain away his lack of residency in Kansas. After several attempted explanations, it’s time for Pat Roberts to come clean and acknowledge the simple truth.
Truth is, Pat Roberts is a permanent resident of Alexandria, Virginia, and he has been for some time. Pat Roberts lives in his home in Virginia, he has his mail delivered to his home in Virginia, and he even registers his vehicle, and vanity license plate in his home state of Virginia.
In 2008 Pat Roberts filed for the ballot using the address of his rental property in Dodge City that was occupied by someone else, and he had his absentee ballot mailed to his home in Virginia. He must have known this didn’t satisfy the Article 1, Section 3 requirement in the Constitution that requires a Senator to be an inhabitant of the state they represent, because the day before Milton Wolf announced a primary challenge last October, Pat Roberts was signing up to rent a room from donors, and changing his voter registration address.
The Senate was in recess for 214 days last year, and Senator Roberts refuses to tell Kansans how many of those days he spent in Kansas. After having 6 employees research his schedule, he decided not to release their findings, most likely because the results were damning.
Senator Roberts’ distance from Kansas has been shown the most in his votes. Roberts has cast 11 votes to raise the debt ceiling, he voted for Barack Obama’s $600 billion tax hike, and he cast two crucial votes to confirm Kathleen Sebelius to run ObamaCare. These votes are not consistent with Kansas values, they are consistent with the big-government career politicians that live and work with Pat Roberts in Washington DC.