Senate candidate Todd Tiahrt’s campaign accused fellow Kansas Republican hopeful Jerry Moran on Wednesday of trying to hide past votes to raise taxes, while Moran’s campaign labeled Tiahrt’s tactics as desperate.


Senate candidate Todd Tiahrt’s campaign accused fellow Kansas Republican hopeful Jerry Moran on Wednesday of trying to hide past votes to raise taxes, while Moran’s campaign labeled Tiahrt’s tactics as desperate.
The two congressmen sparred over a television ad from Tiahrt attacking Moran on tax votes. The Topeka Capital-Journal reported the ad began airing Tuesday in what appeared to be a light rotation in the Topeka, Wichita and Kansas City markets.
Both Tiahrt and Moran have portrayed themselves as fiscal conservatives, favoring lower taxes and less spending by the federal government. They’re vying for the seat held by U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, a conservative Republican who’s running for governor, and the primary is Aug. 3.
Tiahrt’s ad — like his campaign — contends that Moran isn’t a true conservative, and it highlights six votes in favor on tax issues from Moran’s past. Most were in the Kansas Legislature in the early 1990s, when Moran was a state senator, but one was a vote Moran cast in the U.S. House in 2003 against a GOP budget resolution.
Moran spokesman Dan Conston said Wednesday the ad was “a desperate attack.” Moran’s campaign said he’s voted for lower taxes more than 200 times since entering Congress in 1997.
And Moran’s campaign noted that two blank tax forms used as a backdrop for Tiahrt’s ad are from New York. One is for the city of Yonkers in that state.