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Wellington Daily News - Wellington, KS
  • Tiahrt visits Wellington after announcing run for Congress

  • Todd Tiahrt announced his candidacy for U.S. Congress Tuesday in Wichita, and later in the day made his way to Wellington to greet the Sumner County Republicans.
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  • Todd Tiahrt announced his candidacy for U.S. Congress Tuesday in Wichita, and later in the day made his way to Wellington to greet the Sumner County Republicans.
    At the meeting inside the Sumner County Courthouse Tiahrt said there are significant differences between himself and current Congressman Mike Pompeo.  The two Republicans will face off on the Aug. 4 primary,  and neither should face significant competition in the November election.
    Tiahrt held the office from 1995 – 2011. He ran for Senate against Jerry Moran and lost. Pompeo won the seat Tiahrt vacated in his Senate bid.
    Tiahrt questioned the job Pompeo has done in Congress, and accused him of “jetsetting too much.”
    He said would like to see Pompeo’s passport to see where all he has been.
    “I tried to meet with him and two meetings were cancelled, one because he was in Africa and a few weeks later because he was in Ukraine,” Tiahrt said.
    Tiahrt said Pompeo has not spent enough time representing the people of the district, and has spent too much time taking trips at taxpayer expense.
    Tiahrt started a consulting business to help people get through federal red tape after leaving office and not winning the Senate race. He said he has had a lot of calls from people since then urging him to run for the office again.
    He also criticized several of Pompeo’s positions. The sitting Congressman wanted to bomb Syria, to go even further than what the administration had at first wanted. Tiahrt said there is a sizeable Lebanese population in Wichita, and they told him such a move would have hurt Syrian Christians in that country.
    He also said Pompeo has supported the NSA spying on American citizens.
    He said that Pompeo also voted seven times to fund Obamacare, even though he had voted 50 times to repeal the measure. Tiahrt said he opposes Obamacare, but he would have tried to win some concessions in negotiations instead of just continually voting to repeal.
    Tiahrt said he reached across the aisle politically while in office and he would do so again.
    He added that he wants to work for people in the district, and said Pompeo has not done so while in office.
     
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