Monday, October 20, 2014

Roberts cleared for GOP ballot

By The Herald Staff | 5/12/2014

TOPEKA — The GOP primary ballot likely will include Pat Roberts’ name after a state panel found insufficient reason to bar him.

The State Objections Board met Monday, according to media reports, to consider objections to incumbent Roberts’ bid to run for re-election in the U.S. Senate race. Those who objected argued that Roberts does not pay taxes or live in the state of Kansas and shouldn’t be allowed to represent the state.

TOPEKA — The GOP primary ballot likely will include Pat Roberts’ name after a state panel found insufficient reason to bar him.

The State Objections Board met Monday, according to media reports, to consider objections to incumbent Roberts’ bid to run for re-election in the U.S. Senate race. Those who objected argued that Roberts does not pay taxes or live in the state of Kansas and shouldn’t be allowed to represent the state.

A panel of replacement officials found Monday there wasn’t “sufficient basis of law” to decline Roberts’ bid, according to reports.

The panel was to have included Kris Kobach, Kansas secretary of state, Derek Schmidt, Kansas attorney general, and Jeff Coyler, Kansas lieutenant governor, all of whom previously endorsed Roberts for office. Thee replacement officials, however, considered the objections filed with the Secretary of State’s Office in their place. Those officials included Brant Laue, Gov. Sam Brownback’s chief counsel, John Campbell, chief deputy attorney general, and Eric Rucker, assistant secretary of state, according to reports.

In a unanimous vote, the panel agreed to dismiss the six objections to Roberts’ filing for re-election.

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