Shawnee, Kan.—While Sen. Pat Roberts has deflected, dodged, and even lied repeatedly in response to questions about his abysmal committee attendance record, it turns out that he has attacked his opponents throughout the years on the very same issue.
Sen. Roberts has attacked at least three of his political rivals over their own attendance records even though records show he has missed almost 2/3 of his Agriculture Committee hearings, almost 70% of his Finance Committee hearings, and almost 90% of his Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) committee hearings.
“Sen. Roberts’ grandstanding and attacking his political opponents for skipping out on the job when he missed almost 90% of his own committee hearings is just another example of how Washington is broken,” Orman for Senate campaign manager Jim Jonas said. “Sen. Roberts lives in Virginia, barely visits Kansas, and can’t find time to do the job Kansans pay him for, but he has repeatedly found time to attack his opponents for the same poor record he has on committee attendance.”
Just this year, Senator Roberts attacked primary foe Milton Wolf over his voting record. In his 2014 primary campaign, Senator Roberts attacked Milton Wolf for “28 missed elections…28 times Milton Wolf had the chance to vote on important issues but he didn’t show up. On taxes, on water, on schools, Wolf missed 28 votes on issues important to Kansas. If Wolf didn’t even show up to vote, how could he possibly represent us in the Senate?” ["Missing," Pat Roberts, YouTube, 7/18/2014]
In 2008, Senator Roberts attacked his opponent, former Congressman Jim Slattery, over his voting record in Congress. Senator Roberts aired a television ad in 2008 titled “Attendance” attacking opponent Jim Slattery, saying “in his last year in office, he skipped almost half the votes in Congress. Almost half! In attendance, Slattery ranked 433rd out of 435 members of Congress. Roberts never stops working for Congress. Jim Slattery doesn’t even show up!” [“Attendance,” Pat Roberts, YouTube, 8/16/2008]
In 2004, Senator Roberts hit Senator John Kerry over his attendance on the Intelligence Committee. During the 2004 presidential campaign, the Bush-Cheney campaign made an issue of Senator John Kerry’s Intelligence Committee Attendance. On CNN’s Lou Dobbs Tonight, Senator Roberts told the host “let me say this…attendance is very, very important. Attendance is where you gain the experience and the expertise to do the job.” [YouTube]
Sen. Roberts’ attendance at Senate committee hearings has become an issue in this campaign since press reports have documented he missed 70 percent of the Finance Committee hearings, 90 percent of the Health Education Labor and Pension Committee hearings, and 65 percent of the Senate Agriculture Committee hearings.
Hundreds of Kansans have signed a petition calling on Senator Roberts to release his calendar and show where he has been instead of the committee hearings he was supposed to have attended.
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