Roth drops out, endorses LaPolice
By Ryan D. Wilson
By Ryan D. Wilson
Clay Center Dispatch, Kan.
(MCT) — Today Elinwood attorney Kent Roth withdrew from the race for Congress in the First District of Kansas and endorsed a challenger, Alan LaPolice of Clyde.
"Alan LaPolice is a Gulf War Veteran who earned my respect by his return to his family farm near Clyde, Kansas where he is actively engaged in farming after a successful career as a high school administrator in California," Roth said. " We need to encourage more native born Kansans to return to their hometowns as did Alan LaPolice.
Roth said remaining as candidate would risk splitting the opposition vote in the Republican primary election against the incumbent, Rep. Tim Huelskamp.
"The risk of splitting the opposition vote makes it imperative to present a united front as the incumbent congressman advanced to the General Election in 2010 with less than 35 percent of the vote," Roth said in a release. "We should not make that mistake again."
Splitting the vote also raises the possibility of a Democrat winning a seat in Congress to represent Western Kansas for the first time since J. Floyd Breeding in 1956, Roth said.
"Apparently Democrat Jim Sherow of Manhattan (who filed Wednesday) shares this view as he was featured in a May 20 news article in The Clay Center Dispatch which reported 'Huelskamp is facing two challengers in the primary who will split the opposition vote, it's likely he'll get the Republican nomination despite his unpopularity,'" Roth said.
Roth called LaPolice "the best person to keep a Republican Congressman representing the First District of Kansas" and said he "rushed to judgment in not recognizing the electability of Alan LaPolice earlier."
Roth said he and LaPolice have different views on some issues such as on Common Core.
"I don't expect my Congressman to agree with me 100 percent, but I do expect honesty, reason and logic with a goal of doing what is best for the First District of Kansas," he said.
Roth said his goal remains seeing Tim Huelskamp defeated in the Aug. 5 Republican primary election.
Roth also complained of Huelskamp robo-calls "calling me a 'Liberal attorney,'"
"While I attended the Pancake Race in Liberal, everyone knows I am an Ellinwood Attorney, Roth said. " Tim Huelskamp Robo-calls are as 'genuine; as a $3 dollar bill."