SHAWNEE, Kan. – Sen. Pat Roberts has been caught skipping out on the job Kansans pay him for, missing 65 percent of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and 85% of Senate Health Committee hearings over the past 15 years, according to press reports, and recently missing a key hearing on the Ebola virus and then lying about it to Kansans.
Outside special interests, like Crossroads GPS and Freedom Partners Action Fund, say they are appalled by this kind of attendance record in candidates and have spent millions of dollars on attack ads accusing Senate candidates who have missed hearings of “failing to show up,” a lack of “respect” for their constituents, and telling them they need to “get to work.”
“Senator Roberts lives in Virginia, barely visits Kansas, and has failed to show up and do the job in Washington that the people of Kansas are paying him to do,” Jonas said. “But the special interests don’t really care if Roberts shows up when Kansans need him - He just has to be there when they need him. It’s a great deal for them. But it’s a bad deal for Kansas.”
Here are some of the things the special interests have had to say about Congressional attendance for other candidates, which should be as applicable – if not even more so – to Senator Roberts:
In an ad reminiscent of the situation where Sen. Roberts missed a hearing on Ebola, and then lied about it, Crossroads GPS attacked Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) for missing a “crucial” Senate Armed Service Committee hearing on ISIS, charging, “Hagan skipped the hearing for a fundraiser.” Sen. Roberts still hasn’t told Kansans why he was a no-show for the Ebola hearing and where he was instead.
Both Crossroads GPS and Freedom Partners Action Fund are running ads against Congressman Bruce Braley (D-IA) for missing more than 70 percent of Veterans Affairs Committee hearings, which puts him in line with Sen. Roberts’ attendance record on the Agriculture Committee.
From the Crossroads GPS ad: “Bruce Braley served on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, but missed 75 percent of full meetings. Call Congressman Braley: Tell him to get to work.”
From the Freedom Partners Action Fund ad, claiming Braley missed 79 percent of the Veterans Affairs meetings: “Veterans risk their lives for our country and Bruce Braley didn’t have the respect to show up to support them.” Roberts’ attendance record shows a similar lack of respect for Kansas farmers.
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