Greg Orman’s campaign on Sunday bolstered the notion that their candidate just might have the momentum to eek out a win over Pat Roberts on Tuesday with a boisterous campaign rally in Prairie Village, but Orman demonstrated in comments to reporters that his plan for mending the broken Washington system he’s railed against is nebulous at best.
Standing beside his wife, Sybil, Orman drew loud applause hitting on the themes that have attracted centrist voters to his cause over the past five months, characterizing the Washington system as broken and more focused on scoring political points and serving special interests than doing what’s best for the country. Orman also hit on Roberts’ for the residency and meeting attendance issues that have dogged the U.S. Sentaor’s campaign as the election nears.
“We deserve better than a senator who never comes to Kansas, shows up to one in three meetings, and when he votes sides with anyone but Kansans,” Orman said. “In the private sector, we have a name for someone who shows up to work one out of three days. It’s called unemployed.”
Orman fielded a few questions from reporters in the moments before and after the rally at Prairie Village’s Taliaferro (formerly Meadowlake) Park, including repeated queries about how he would navigate a deeply divided senate. Orman offered no specifics, and responded only that his campaign was “about the voters of Kansas sending a message to the politicians of Washington.”
Approximately 200 people attended the rally, Orman’s final public appearance of a busy final Sunday before Tuesday’s vote. Orman’s communications director said the campaign chose Prairie Village as the location for Sunday’s rally because they had seen strong support for the candidate from the area.