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Did Moran staffer make threats?

The campaign of Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Hays, has denied threatening the leaders of two groups that endorsed GOP Senate rival Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard. Moran spokesman Dan Conston called the allegation "political slime." But Patricia Stoneking of the Kansas State Rifle Association and David Gittrich of the Kansans for Life PAC both said Moran campaign manager Todd Novascone — a former state representative from Andover — threatened that their groups would be sorry that they endorsed Tiahrt. Gittrich also claims that Novascone said he had a lot of dirt on Gittrich going back to high school. Tiahrt spokeswoman Michelle Schroeder responded: "Kansans should not have to fear Chicago-style threats from Congressman Moran or his staff simply because they don't support his campaign."