LENEXA, Kan. — Businessman and entrepreneur Greg Orman today formally announced his Independent candidacy for the U.S. Senate challenging Sen. Pat Roberts in the November election. Orman cited his deep concern for the nation’s broken political system and the growing frustration with ineffective partisans in Washington who seem to care more about pleasing their special interests than serving their broader constituencies or solving our most pressing problems.
Speaking to supporters and news media at Combat Brands, a Lenexa-based distributor of sporting apparel that he bought, helped recover and prosper, Mr. Orman pledged that he would work to find common-sense common ground in Washington to push Congress to address the critical problems that the extreme partisans won’t or can’t fix.
“We know our political system is fundamentally broken, and yet we continue to send the worst of both parties to Washington,” Orman said. “I will serve Kansas as a problem solver, not a partisan. I will embrace the best ideas, regardless of which party came up with them, to move our country forward.”
Following his announcement in Lenexa, Mr. Orman traveled to the State Capitol in Topeka, where he met with political reporters to discuss his candidacy, and later stopped in Abiline where he visited the Eisenhower Presidential Library. He will meet with journalists in Wichita, Salina and Hutchinson on Thursday.
In announcing his Independent bid for U.S. Senate, Mr. Orman noted that, like many Kansans, he had tried supporting candidates from one party or the other only to be disappointed by their partisan actions once they took office. To counter that frustration, Mr. Orman co-founded the Common Sense Coalition, a national advocacy organization designed to give voice to the millions of unrepresented independents and centrists from both parties.
“I know that for this campaign to be successful, we must build a broad coalition of Independents, Republicans and Democrats from across Kansas,” said Orman. “I believe our state’s and our country’s best days are ahead – if we can just get government working toward solutions instead of partisan advantage.”
Mr. Orman’s campaign’s web site, www.OrmanForSenate.com, details his position on job creation and the economy, government spending, the environment and natural resources, as well as taxes and education. The site also features an introductory video about Mr. Orman and his candidacy.
For more information about the campaign announcement tour, please contact Sam Edelen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 913-730-6243.
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