Pittsburg State College Republicans: Disappointed that Jerry Moran declines multiple invitations to have a debate in Southeast Kansas

MORAN REPEATEDLY DECLINES SOUTHEAST KANSAS DEBATE INVITATION – TIAHRT TO DEBATE AN EMPTY PODIUM IN PITTSBURG

Pittsburg State College Republicans
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Caleb Hays
MARCH 30, 2010
620.240.9093 events@PittStateCRs.com

MORAN REPEATEDLY DECLINES SOUTHEAST KANSAS DEBATE INVITATION – TIAHRT TO DEBATE AN EMPTY PODIUM IN PITTSBURG

Senior campaign official tells Pittsburg State College Republicans that Southeast Kansas is not a top priority for debates

PITTSBURG-The Pittsburg State University College Republicans are disappointed to announce that Congressman Jerry Moran has declined multiple invitations to have a debate in Southeast Kansas. According to former campaign spokesman Dan Lara in February, Southeast Kansas is not a big enough venue for a high profile debate between Congressman Tiahrt and Congressman Moran. The Pittsburg State College Republicans plan to go forward with a debate with Congressman Tiahrt and a podium waiting for Congressman Moran.

In January, the Pittsburg State University College Republicans, together with the Crawford County GOP began the process to develop and promote a possible debate at McCray Hall on the Pittsburg State University campus. Invitations were sent to both Congressman Tiahrt and Congressman Moran.

Tiahrt’s office responded with a quick and definite “yes.” Unfortunately, Congressman Moran’s office made every attempt to not schedule this debate. Over a period of several months, the Moran campaign refused to participate in the debate, even after they were provided with immense scheduling flexibility. However, according to then senior campaign official Dan Lara, the Moran campaign did not consider Southeast Kansas a top priority for this sort of forum and later refused further meaningful communication.
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> Residents of Southeast Kansas are used to being forgotten by our lawmakers in Topeka; to being relegated to second-rate status because we lack a Wichita or a Kansas City to draw attention. It is unfortunate that Congressman Jerry Moran is indicating that if he were elected to the Senate he would continue to ignore and perpetuate this discrimination of Southeast Kansas.
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> The Wichita State College Republicans believe that voters in Southeast Kansas are important and should be informed on the issues. The College Republicans plan to host a debate, with a very conspicuous empty podium next to Rep. Todd Tiahrt as he tells us about his take on the issues and listens to our concerns. Please join us May 1st at noon in McCray Recital Hall on the campus of Pittsburg State University.
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