TOPEKA (KSNT) – The abrupt departure of Democratic nominee Chad Taylor Wednesday afternoon from the U.S. Senate race in Kansas has prompted mixed reaction from those he ran against.
Taylor confirmed to Kansas First News he filed paperwork to withdraw from the general election just before a 5:00 p.m. deadline Wednesday.
He would not go into detail, telling us “We’ll do media later this week” as to why he decided to quit the race.
Independent candidate Greg Orman said of the news “This is certainly an unexpected turn of events.”
Just a few hours earlier Orman had secured the endorsement of a large number of moderate Republican legislators, past and present, who said they were taking away their support from incumbent GOP Senator Pat Roberts.
“Chad Taylor is a committed public servant,” continued Taylor. “He ran an honorable campaign and worked hard, and I wish him and his family well.”
Roberts, seeking his fourth-term, was far more critical.
“Chad Taylor’s withdrawal from the U.S. Senate race,” he says in a statement released late Wednesday “reveals a corrupt bargain between Greg Orman and national Democrats including Senator Harry Reid that disenfranchises Kansas democrats.”
“It makes clear”, he continues “what has been obvious from the start: Orman is the choice of liberal Democrats and he can no longer hide behind an independent smokescreen. We are confident that Kansas voters will quickly see through this charade foisted on Kansas by Orman and his Democrat allies.”
The Kansas Secretary of State’s office says Democrats, if they choose, can still field a candidate if they file paperwork for the general election.
Officials of the Kansas Democratic Party have not returned Kansas First News’ phone calls.