In his column in yesterday’s paper, Johnson County Sun co-publisher Steve Rose endorsed U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran (District 1) for the Senate seat being vacated by Sam Brownback, and state Rep. Kevin Yoder for the U.S. Congress seat being vacated by Rep. Dennis Moore (District 3).
Rose called Yoder a “fireball,” and said that while it was too early for him to make an endorsement for the November election, he felt Yoder was the best choice to carry the Republican banner.
In explaining his pick of Moran over fellow U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt (District 4), Rose cited Moran’s propensity for returning to Kansas on the weekends as opposed to staying in Washington, as well as Moran’s frequent visits to Johnson County.
Interestingly, Rose opened the column by writing:
You are not likely to hear U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran boast about it, and certainly his pollsters would say this is not a hot-button topic in a U.S. Senate Republican primary election against fellow U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt. Jerry Moran travels to Kansas City almost every weekend from Washington D.C., and then drives the five hours, about 250 miles, to his home in Hays, a distance about as far as Kansas City to St. Louis. He makes this tedious journey to be near his family, but, as important, to be close to the constituents of his gigantic 1st District, which covers virtually all of western Kansas.
The fact is, Moran and his campaign have been reminding voters every chance they get that Moran travels back to Kansas every weekend, so much so that it’s become their primary messaging point to distinguish Moran from Tiahrt. Moran has explicitly mentioned the fact that he travels home during at least two speaking events in Johnson County, and the point is frequently highlighted in his campaign communications. See this recent TV ad, or listen to the latest Moran radio ad on the campaign Web site (it’s embedded in the right rail).