UPDATE: GOP Steps Into Dispute In Senate Race: Roberts Filing Upheld
KSCB News - May 11, 2014 11:02 pm
A state elections board has rejected a claim that U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts is not truly a Kansas resident, allowing him to seek re-election this year.
The State Objections Board’s decision Monday means the three-term senator will be on the ballot in the Aug. 5 Republican primary.
Four northeast Kansas residents had objected to the ballot listing, arguing that Roberts lives in Alexandria, Virginia, and not Dodge City, Kansas. GOP tea party challenger Milton Wolf has raised the issue repeatedly.
Roberts owns a home in Alexandria, Virginia, but is registered to vote at the Dodge City address of a couple who supports him and rents him a room and bathroom. He and his wife also own a duplex unit in Dodge City but rent it out.
The Kansas Republican Party has stepped into a dispute over whether U.S. Senator Pat Roberts is eligible to run for re-election and suggested to a state board that it probably doesn’t have the authority to settle the issue.
Three-term incumbent Roberts faces a claim that he’s not truly a Kansas resident and should be barred from the state’s August 5th Republican primary ballot. State GOP General Counsel Clay Barker sent the party’s legal analysis Saturday to State Objections Board members.
The three-member board plans to review the issue Monday.
GOP primary challenger Milton Wolf contends that Roberts truly lives in Virginia. Roberts says the claim is without merit.
The state GOP’s analysis noted that the U.S. Constitution says each house of Congress judges the qualifications of its members.