Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Newspaper knocks Roberts on visits

By The Herald Staff | 5/19/2014

WASHINGTON — Echoing other newspaper reports that question Pat Roberts’ ties to Kansas, USA Today reported Saturday the veteran U.S. senator spent fewer than 100 days in Kansas during a two-year period.

Roberts, R-Kansas, is seeking re-election to his Senate seat in an already-contentious Republican primary that has seen newspapers and political opponents alike lob claims that the lawmaker doesn’t truly live in Kansas and doesn’t therefore accurately represent Sunflower State constituents.

WASHINGTON — Echoing other newspaper reports that question Pat Roberts’ ties to Kansas, USA Today reported Saturday the veteran U.S. senator spent fewer than 100 days in Kansas during a two-year period.

Roberts, R-Kansas, is seeking re-election to his Senate seat in an already-contentious Republican primary that has seen newspapers and political opponents alike lob claims that the lawmaker doesn’t truly live in Kansas and doesn’t therefore accurately represent Sunflower State constituents.

Roberts spent official funds to travel to Kansas 26 times over the course of two years, spending a total of 97 days in the state between July 2011 and August 2013, according to Senate spending records, as reported by USA Today.

The three-term senator’s residency became an issue in his campaign after the New York Times reported he does not actually live in the state he represents. Roberts said he rents a room in Dodge City, pays Kansas taxes and votes in Kansas.

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