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Kansas' 'Family' men

It makes sense that some lawmakers in Washington, D.C., look to one another for fellowship or even affordable living. It isn't surprising or inappropriate for shared Christian faith to be among the bonds in such relationships. But all the hubbub this summer about the C Street house — especially in light of its connections to recent sex scandals — gives those Kansans who live or otherwise spend time there a prime opportunity to consider, and perhaps better explain to their constituents, what the house is about and what they're doing there. Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Hays, lives at the house. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., used to live there, and still visits for events. And Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, is among those lawmakers who have sought "religio-political counsel" there, according to Jeff Sharlet, author of the new book "The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power." Former Topeka congressmen Jim Ryun and Jim Slattery also have had ties to it.

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