Analysts expect bitter campaign battle between Tiahrt and Pompeo

By: David Marcus - Email
By: David Marcus - Email

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WICHITA, Kan. - Todd Tiahrt now has just over two months to finance his campaign to battle incumbent Mike Pompeo before the 4th Congressional District Republican Primary in August.

"I do think I have the ability to raise money," said Tiahrt, following his Thursday announcement to run versus Pompeo. "I had a considerable amount of donations during the Senate campaign. I've got a lot of history of people supporting me financially. And they like the ideas we're talking about."

Pompeo does not agree.

In a statement released today, the Congressman said, "I am surprised that Todd has chosen to attempt to get back the job he abandoned back in 2010. I've already heard from many Republicans who are not happy with Todd's announcement, as this primary will divert our attention from taking down liberal candidates here in Kansas and all across the country."

It didn't take long for political analysts to weigh in. Wichita State Political Science Professor Ken Ciboski spoke about the upcoming campaigns Thursday on KAKE News at 4.

"It will be a bitter campaign, I predict," said Ciboski. "It could get very nasty. There might even be character things involved here. It could lead to a nasty campaign. I would hate to see that happen."

Friends University Political Science Professor Russell Fox, Ph.D. agrees.

"Pompeo and Tiahrt clearly do not have a pleasant, mutually respectful, friendly relationship," said Fox.

Ciboski went on to say he believes Tiahrt's ultimate goal is to take another shot at the U.S. Senate, following a failed bid back in 2010.

One thing seems assured- expect plenty of strong words from both the Tiahrt and Pompeo camps, as the primary draws closer.

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