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Too-sweet deal on C Street?

Since the "C Street house" in Washington, D.C., and its connections to political sex scandals became news last year, the Kansans with ties to the house haven't had much to say about it. "I don't live in Washington, D.C. I live in Kansas," Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Hays, told a constituent last summer who asked him to explain his weekday residency at the house since 2003. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., lived there less than a year a few years ago, according to his spokesman. Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, reportedly has sought "religio-political counsel" there. Now Moran and Brownback may have no choice but to explain themselves officially. They are among nine lawmakers named in a Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington complaint alleging that they broke ethics rules by paying below-market rent at the house. CREW's complaints say that the lawmakers paid $950 a month for housing that should have cost $4,400 to $7,500 a month. A Brownback spokesman said the complaint was "baseless."