News Columns & Blogs

Ryun endorses Tiahrt, slams Moran

Republican leaders are typically careful about endorsing candidates in high-profile GOP primaries. Either they don't do it, or they at least keep their endorsements positive and don't disparage fellow Republican candidates. But former Rep. Jim Ryun (in photo) was unusually critical in his endorsement last week of Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, in his U.S. Senate race next year against Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Hays. Without mentioning Moran by name but clearly referring to him, Ryun said: "We have no use for another politician who fades into the background out of fear that he will offend someone and not win 80 percent of the vote in his next election against token opposition."