WICHITA, Kan. -- Senator Pat Roberts will remain on the GOP primary ballot this summer. The state Election Board rejected claims that Roberts does not live in Kansas.
The three member state board heard from over a half dozen Kansans challenging Roberts' right to be on the ballot. Some of them said after 47 years in Washington D.C. and a home in Virginia, he rarely comes to Kansas.
And Earl Long of Overland Park, Kansas said despite efforts by Roberts, the senator doesn't meet the constitutional definition of inhabitant. "It's also interesting to see that after all these years, when he perceived he had a viable candidate against him, he corrects the records in Kansas", said Long.
Christine Tawney of Manhattan said although she voted for Roberts in the past, she no longer trusts him. "Because the voters need to know what's going on", said Tawney. They need to look at this and ask some questions and see who they can trust."
A Topeka lawyer representing Roberts said it's clear the senator owns property in, pays taxes and is a resident of Kansas. "Senator Roberts clearly meets any test of residency", said Michael Kuckelman. "As a lawyer I didn't think it was much of a legal issue, I thought it was a political issue."
In the end the board voted unanimously to reject the challenge and allow Roberts to stay on the GOP primary election ballot.