J. RICHARD COE
When I first learned former Rep. Todd Tiahrt was considering another run for Congress, I could hardly believe it. Is 16 years in Congress not enough for him? His campaign puts Republicans in an awkward position, as many have liked both Tiahrt and Pompeo. Fortunately, there is a significant difference. Pompeo has already demonstrated that he has depth, courage and an authentic commitment to both limited government and national security.
In his presidential campaign, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., explained how earmarks contribute to a culture of spending. Tiahrt embraced that culture during his eight terms in Congress and is still defending earmarks in his new campaign.
Having had a fair amount of exposure to Kansas senators and representatives over the decades, I believe Pompeo is more of a statesman than any of the others in my lifetime. While I like both Pompeo and Tiahrt, I have substantially more confidence in Pompeo’s judgment and in his courage to do what is right.