Former veteran Kansas Republican Sen. Nancy Kassebaum Baker refused to film a campaign television ad for GOP incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts, saying the he's been a "disappointment," the Kansas City Star reported
Kassebaum Baker, who served in the Senate from 1978 to 1997 and was succeeded by Roberts — and whose father, Alf Landon, was governor of Kansas and the Republican nominee against FDR in 1936 — told the Star Kansas voters have lost confidence in the lawmaker.
"There’s just disappointment around the state," she said. "They feel they don’t know him now."
Kassebaum Baker was critical of Roberts in a Washington Post profile
of him as well, referring to Roberts' vote in 2012 against a U.N. treaty that would have banned discrimination against people with disabilities.
Respected former Kansas Republican Sen. Bob Dole had advocated for the treaty.
"People thought, 'Gosh, why couldn’t he have done that for Bob? '" Kassebaum Baker told The Post. "That just triggered an emotional disappointment with Pat. I think that carried on and has not been changed."
Roberts is battling a fierce challenge from independent candidate Greg Orman, who is polling ahead of Roberts, according to Real Clear Politics.
The Star points out not only is Roberts trailing his challenger, but polling shows Gov. Sam Brownback is behind in his re-election fight with Democratic state Rep. Paul Davis.
"Losing is a possibility for both Republicans," the Star reports. "Which would, in itself, be unusual: Neither man has ever lost an election."
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