Washington, DC — The Centrist Project Voice, the nation’s first political action committee supporting candidates ready to set aside partisan politics and focus on the core issues of critical importance to all Americans, today announced that it has endorsed Independent Candidate Greg Orman of Kansas in his campaign for the U.S. Senate.
"The Centrist Project Voice is pleased to be able to support Greg Orman in his bid to serve the people of Kansas and the United States by focusing on the critical and mainstream issues that face our country," said Centrist Project Founder Charles Wheelan, a senior lecturer and policy fellow at the Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College and the bestselling author of Naked Economics. "He has embraced the Centrist Principles, (fiscal responsibility, environmental stewardship, social tolerance, economic opportunity and a pragmatic approach to solving core policy challenges) as being the bedrock for how to approach public policy matters in order to break the partisan deadlock that grips Congress and move America forward."
"Like The Centrist Project and its members, I believe we need problem solvers, not partisans, in Washington” said Greg Orman, an Independent U.S. Senate candidate in Kansas and co-founder of the Common Sense Coalition. “More and more, politicians have prioritized pleasing the special interests and partisan extremists in their parties rather than the American people. That has to change, and I will use the very best ideas, regardless of which party they come from, to address this nation's most pressing problems."
The Centrist Project Voice is designed to empower the neglected but growing political middle by channeling the support of centrist Americans from across the country to a handful of key U.S. Senate candidates. With control of the Senate up for grabs in 2014, the election of but a few pragmatic moderates who band together as a coalition would have a disproportionate impact on the chamber as a whole.
If elected, Orman would play a crucial role as a bridge builder in the Senate, making him a catalyst for addressing the central public policy challenges facing our country and particularly powerful as a representative of the people of Kansas.
"We know our political system in Washington is fundamentally broken, and yet we continue to send the worst of both parties to Congress," said Orman. "We have a responsibility as concerned citizens and voters to make our voices heard, and the time has come for a new American revolution, this time at the ballot box."
Orman is running against incumbent Senator Pat Roberts to represent Kansas as an Independent and to offer solutions to a deeply flawed political system.
After earning an economics degree from Princeton in 1991, Orman joined McKinsey & Company, a management consulting firm. Less than a year later he started his first business, Environmental Lighting Concepts (ELC), which designed energy efficient lighting systems for commercial and industrial companies. ELC rapidly expanded nationwide, and in 1997 Orman sold a majority stake of the company to Kansas City Power & Light, which asked him to run their energy services operations. He would soon direct KCP&L’s entire portfolio of competitive businesses, which he grew more than tenfold, from $100 million to almost a billion dollars in annual revenue.
In 2004, Orman co-founded Denali Partners, LLC, which provides capital and management services to help small businesses thrive. In 2012, Orman purchased and turned around Combat Brands, a Lenexa-based distributor of sporting apparel, which was on the brink of bankruptcy. Orman saved Kansas jobs at Combat and continues to grow new ones today. Orman co-founded the Common Sense Coalition in 2010 to give voice to the millions of independents and centrists across the country and to offer common-sense solutions to the nation’s most pressing problems.
As Mr. Orman is not accepting PAC donations, you can contribute directly to his campaign at www.ormanforsenate.org/donate
For more information about the candidates The Centrist Project Voice endorses and to support their campaigns visit www.centristproject.org/featured_candidates. Visit The Centrist Project at www.centristproject.org for updates on our progress to end gridlock in Washington and to join the effort.
ABOUT THE CENTRIST PROJECT VOICE
The Centrist Project Voice is a separate segregated fund (SSF) of The Centrist Project. It is the first PAC to promote centrist candidates regardless of party affiliation. The Centrist Project is a 501(c)4 membership organization focused breaking the gridlock in Washington by changing political incentives and helping elect responsible leaders. Its Centrist Principles include fiscal responsibility, environmental stewardship, social tolerance, economic opportunity and a pragmatic approach to solving policy challenges. More information about the Centrist Project Voice is available at www.centristproject.org/featured_candidates. More information about The Centrist Project is available at www.centristproject.org
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