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Tea party PAC plans announcement with U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts answers a question during a debate with independent candidate Greg Orman in Overland Park on Wednesday (Oct. 8, 2014)
U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts answers a question during a debate with independent candidate Greg Orman in Overland Park on Wednesday (Oct. 8, 2014) Associated Press

A national tea party group will hold a news conference in Wichita on Monday with U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, but leaders stopped short of saying whether the group plans to endorse the Republican incumbent.

“It will be an announcement,” said Taylor Budowich, executive director of the Tea Party Express, a California-based group that describes itself as the nation’s largest tea party political action committee.

The news conference, set for 11 a.m. at the Sedgwick County Republican party headquarters in west Wichita, will be attended by Roberts and local tea party leaders and activists, Budowich said.

Earlier this year the group endorsed physician Milton Wolf in his bid to unseat the three-term senator in the state’s Republican primary.

During that announcement in February, Wolf criticized Roberts over a report that the senator was listed on voter-registration rolls as residing in a Dodge City home owned by campaign donors.

“He has to claim a rented recliner as his residency,” Wolf said in February. “When you abandon your state that way, you abandon your state’s values.”

Reach Suzanne Perez Tobias at 316-268-6567 or stobias@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @suzannetobias.

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