Today marks the one-year anniversary of the disastrous ObamaCare rollout and the Roberts for Senate campaign is releasing its latest web ad, “ Interesting Question,” which highlights liberal Greg Orman's refusal to be honest with Kansans about his position on ObamaCare. At a recent parade, one Kansas voter asked Orman to simply give him a "yes" or "no" answer on whether he would vote to repeal ObamaCare. Orman refused, and, instead, walked quickly away saying, " That's an interesting question."
That’s an “interesting” position to take on a bill that has caused at least 20,000 Kansans to lose their current health care plan. But what this episode highlights in particular is Orman's refusal to be honest with voters in Kansas on where he stands on a range of critical issues facing the state and our country today.
Consider this litany of non-answers and evasiveness on key issues:
- On moving forward with construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would create thousands of new American jobs and help reduce America's dependence on foreign oil, Orman has refused to take a public position .
- On the issue of protecting our Second Amendment freedoms, Orman has indicated he supports more federal gun control laws, but has refused to say how he would vote on the assault weapons ban.
- On the issue of the massive Dodd-Frank financial bill, which has imposed massive new costs and regulations on Kansas financial institutions, particularly community banks, Orman has refused to say how he would have voted. It's worth noting that like ObamaCare, this legislation was rammed through the Senate by Harry Reid on a straight party-line vote with every Republican Senator, including Roberts, opposing it.
- On the Democrats' harmful cap-and-trade scheme, which has been opposed for years by Senator Roberts because it would cost thousands of Kansas jobs and drive up energy costs on Kansas families, Orman has refused to tell voters where he stands .
- And on the critical issue of whether he would caucus with the Democrats or Republicans in the Senate, Orman has also refused to say, telling the Washington Post recently that it's not in "the best interests" of his campaign to share that information with Kansans.
Of course, despite Greg Orman's best efforts to simply hide behind his fancy TV ad campaign and high-priced political consultants, there are some things voters in Kansas have learned about him in recent days.
- Voters have learned that Orman maintains an ongoing business partnership with former Goldman Sachs board member Rajat Gupta, who is currently in prison for insider trading. The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that even " [A]fter Gupta's conviction, Orman was handpicked by Gupta in April 2013 to be Gupta's representative on the two-person board of New Silk Route, a Cayman Island-anchored $1.21 billion private equity partnership." Given that Orman has refused to share any more details beyond what's legally-required in his financial disclosure form, only time will tell what else we might learn about his vast financial empire and business partnerships.
- And while Orman has refused to tell voters which party he would caucus with in the Senate, voters have learned that Orman has donated thousands of dollars to President Obama, Harry Reid, Hillary Clinton and the Kansas Democratic Party.
- They also learned that Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill played a key role in a back-room deal to help ensure the political field was cleared for Orman to run against Senator Roberts.
- Finally, voters have learned that after living and voting in Florida for many years, Orman only moved to Kansas in 2007 so that he could explore a run for U.S. Senate --- as a Democrat.
As Arizona Senator John McCain said last week when he campaigned for Senator Roberts in Johnson County, Greg Orman is a liberal Democrat who just won’t admit it to the people of Kansas. As Senator McCain noted, “ We all know what he is. Let’s be honest. He’s a Democrat. He walks like a duck and he quacks like a duck, and he is a duck. ”
Over the next five weeks, expect Greg Orman to do his very best to avoid giving Kansans even simple one word answers like where he stands on ObamaCare, but voters should not be fooled on who he really is.