SHAWNEE, Kan. – Sen. Roberts’ attendance has become an issue in his race against businessman and independent Senate candidate Greg Orman, following published reports that he has missed nearly 70 percent of the Senate Finance Committee hearings, 65 percent of the Senate Agriculture Committee hearings and 88.5 percent of the Senate Health Education Labor and Pension Committee hearings.
But Sen. Roberts did not take such a cavalier approach about showing up for work when, as chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, he was asked in 2004 about Presidential candidate John Kerry’s poor attendance record at Intelligence Committee hearings.
KMBC’s Michael Mahoney unearthed a 2004 CNN video of a finger-wagging Roberts exclaiming, “Attendance is very, very important. Attendance is where you gain the experience and the expertise to do the job.”
In a separate 2004 interview on NBC’s Meet the Press, Roberts echoed that sentiment, saying of attendance, “It is important because you have to be in attendance to learn the job.”
“Senator Roberts had it right the first time,” said Orman for Senate campaign manger Jim Jonas. “Attendance is very, very important! So where was Sen. Roberts? We know Sen. Roberts wasn’t in Kansas, so what was he doing while he was skipping out on the job we've been paying him for? He should come clean with voters and immediately release his Senate schedule so Kansans can see where he was and what he was doing that was more important than showing up for the work we were paying him to do.”
Hundreds of Kansans have signed a petition calling on Senator Roberts to release his schedule and show where he has been instead of the committee hearings he was supposed to have attended. Senator Roberts has yet to explain why he missed the hundreds of hearings he has reportedly missed over the 15 years.
For more information about businessman Greg Orman and his Independent campaign for U.S. Senate, please visit the campaign online at www.OrmanForSenate.com. For media inquires, please contact our press office at Press@OrmanForSenate.com or call us at 913-353-5277.
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