Tiahrt endorses Pompeo as his replacement in Congress

Outgoing Rep. Todd Tiahrt said Tuesday that he'll "sleep well at night" if Mike Pompeo wins his seat in Congress.

In fact, in a six-minute endorsement speech, he said that three times.

Tiahrt, R-Goddard, the 4th District's representative since 1995, lauded Pompeo's business experience and commitment to cutting corporate taxes and regulations that he said strangle job growth.

"We know from history, especially the last two years, that you can't do it from the government down. You have to do it from the ground up, to grow an economy," Tiahrt said.

Tiahrt gave up his seat in the House to run for Senate, saying he had decided it was time to go "up or out."

He lost in a hard-fought Republican primary to Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Hays.

Pompeo, a Republican national committeeman, also survived a bruising primary, besting four rivals for his party's nomination.

In the Nov. 2 general election, Pompeo faces Rep. Raj Goyle, D-Wichita.

After the news conference, Tiahrt said that when he leaves Congress in January, he plans to start his own business in unmanned aerial vehicles, an industry he nurtured with millions of dollars in congressional earmarks during his time in office.