U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts may look like the kindly, smiling, grandfatherly type.
But his campaign just hired Corry Bliss — a guy in his young 30s — to be in charge of what could turn into weeks of ugly political attacks against Roberts’ major opponents, independent Greg Orman and Democrat Chad Taylor.
How do we know this?
Because after a little checking Friday afternoon, I found all kinds of evidence that Bliss likes to go full throttle into kick-butt mode when he’s managing campaigns.
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However, Roberts and his fellow Republicans might want to keep this in mind before subjecting the good people of Kansas to weeks of mud: Bliss also has been in charge of campaigns that fail.
Linda McMahon ran for the U.S. Senate in 2012 in Connecticut. She lost.
Karen Handel ran for the U.S. Senate in 2014 in Georgia. She lost.
Brian Dubie ran for governor in Vermont in 2010. He lost.
So what do people have to say about Bliss — and in some cases, Bliss say about them?
Here’s part of what Bliss said in 2012 about former U.S. Rep. Chris Shays, who lost to McMahon in the GOP Senate primary in Connecticut that year.
“Congressman Shays is a classless, bitter sore loser who should do the people of Connecticut a favor and keep his mouth shut and move back to Maryland. However, I would like to offer a portion of my salary to be used to pay for the psychiatric care that Congressman Shays desperately needs.”
Here’s a summation about Bliss and several of the campaigns he has been involved in.
A troubling excerpt: “The Connecticut Post said this about Bliss, ‘He ran an unsuccessful Republican gubernatorial race in Vermont in 2010 that political scientists there called notable for its negative attacks. Former Vermont Lt. Go. Brian Dubie and Bliss wrote letters of apology to settle a libel lawsuit filed by a developer for their attacks during the campaign against Democratic candidate Peter Shumlin, now the state’s governor.’”
Finally, there’s this summation that provides more troubling details of Bliss and his aggressive, full-out style of campaigning.
Sen. Roberts, of course, can hire whoever he wants to help him cling to power in Washington, D.C.
But that doesn’t mean the people of Kansas have to stand for the mud that’s likely about to be thrown at them in the name of Pat Roberts.
Voters will have a chance to register their disgust with the tactics of Corry Bliss, if they occur, on Nov. 4.
And Roberts especially needs to remember that voters previously have defeated other major candidates who decided to hook their futures up to the Bliss style of campaigning.