In the twilight of this election, Kansans find Roberts’ chronic absenteeism ghoulish

It’s Frightening That Senator Roberts Has Failed to Show Up For the Job Taxpayers are Paying Him to Do 85% of the Time

Shawnee, KS -- The Kansas Senate race has revealed a spooky phenomenon in the Capitol that to this point is still unexplained: Committee records show Sen. Pat Roberts couldn’t be bothered to show up for his important health and education committee hearings a frightening 85 percent of the time.

It’s an eerie occurrence that has happened so frequently it’s scary. Recent reports show Roberts was also a phantom at 65 percent of the Senate Agriculture Committee hearings and 70 percent of the Finance Committee hearings. But he’s stilltelling voters he attends all the important hearings. That’s just creepy.

Since joining the Finance Committee in 2007, Roberts appears to have ghosted 20 of 22 hearings on tax reform, despite claiming to always attend hearings on that issue. In fact, it appears he hasn’t attended a tax reform hearing since 2008.

“It should send a chill down every voter's spine that Sen. Roberts is claiming to attend hearings when the record clearly shows he wasn’t there,” said Orman for Senate campaign manager Jim Jonas. “Coupled with claims that he lives in Kansas despite not having a home here, this Halloween we have to wonder about Sen. Roberts' mysterious record. What we do know is that Senator Roberts – when he shows up at all – is part of the problem in Washington, and if we’re going to change Washington, we need to change Senators.”

This Halloween, we want to document how many places in Kansas we can find Ghost Pat Roberts. Is Ghost Pat Roberts at your Halloween party? Is Ghost Pat Roberts sitting at your kitchen table? Maybe you went trick or treating at Ghost Pat Roberts' home in Kansas … Oh wait – yeah, maybe not.

The following is the list of hearings on tax reform where you apparently might find Ghost Pat Roberts:

  • Capital Gains Tax, Sept. 20, 2012.
  • Business Taxation, Aug. 1, 2012
  • Education Tax Incentives, July 25, 2012.
  • Growth Through Tax Reform, July 10, 2012.
  • Tax Reform and Energy Policy, June 12, 2012.
  • Tax Reform Tribes and Territories, May 15, 2012.
  • Tax Reform, April 25, 2012.
  • Extenders Tax Overhaul, Jan. 31, 2012.
  • Tax Overhaul, Oct. 18, 2011.
  • Tax Overhaul, Oct. 6, 2011.
  • Tax Overhaul Options, Sept. 20, 2011.
  • Tax Overhaul, Sept. 15, 2011.
  • Tax Overhaul, Sept. 14, 2011.
  • Tax Treatment of International Operations, Sept. 8, 2011.
  • Changes in Tax Environment, March 1, 2011.
  • Tax Revision History, Dec. 2, 2010.
  • Tax Revision, Sept. 23, 2010.
  • The Foundation of International Tax Reform, June 26, 2008.
  • C, K, or S: Exploring the Alphabet Soup of Small Business Choices in Advance of Reform, June 5,2008.
  • Tax Fundamental in Advance of Reforms, April 15, 2008.

Here are some of the important hearings on agriculture that Ghost Roberts claimed to be at – but if he was, it was just his ghost:

  • A hearing on the unfolding financial crisis held on Oct. 14, 2008, the very day the Treasury Department announced it needed to buy up $250 billion in troubled assets from failing U.S. financial institutions to prevent an economic meltdown.
  • Two hearings on the threat of Avian flu held, on Nov. 17, 2005 and May 11, 2006, although he did find the time to write a newspaper op-ed declaring he was taking “the threat of bird flu seriously.”
  • A hearing on drought held on Aug. 20, 2002, at the same time the Kansas Geological Survey reported southwest Kansas was suffering conditions "more severe than the peak year of the Dust Bowl.
  • Two hearings on disaster assistance held on May 23, 2002 and Sept. 24, 2008

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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