SHAWNEE (Oct. 13) – A story published today in the Topeka Capital Journal reports that Sen. Pat Roberts has only “attended slightly more than one-third of Senate Agriculture Committee meetings during the past 15 years of his political career in Washington, D.C.," said Jim Jonas, campaign manager for the Orman campaign.
The paper, citing documents from the U.S. Government Printing Office related to committee attendance, calculated Sen. Roberts’ attendance rate at a measly 35.5 percent, having shown up for just 71 of 201 hearings of the Agriculture Committee from 2000 to 2014.
“Washington is broken because career politicians like Senator Roberts go there and look out for their own interests, rather than working for the people who sent them there,” Jonas said. “It’s bad enough that Senator Roberts doesn’t live in Kansas, and barely visits, but the fact that he isn’t even showing up for the job Kansans are paying for him to do in Washington, DC – where he lives – shows that Senator Roberts has forgotten the people of Kansas and is failing to represent their interests.”
Citing government records, the Capital Journal documented that over the past 15 years Sen. Roberts:
This record is just flat out unacceptable, Jonas said.
“Every hard-working Kansan knows that if you skip work 65 percent of the time, you are going to be fired,” Jonas said. “It’s as simple as that. Agriculture is crucial to the Kansas economy, and Senator Roberts' miserable attendance record proves he felt he had better things to do than show up for the job the taxpayers are paying him to do.”
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