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Tiahrt names campaign chief for race in Kansas 4th

Associated Press - June 7, 2014 3:03 pm

A Republican group wants a Kansas state representative to apologize for characterizing GOP politicians supporting a Democratic candidate as "nursing home" residents.

A Republican group wants a Kansas state representative to apologize for characterizing GOP politicians supporting a Democratic candidate as "nursing home" residents.

Former Kansas congressman Todd Tiahrt has picked a longtime colleague to manage his campaign to recapture his old seat in the state’s 4th Congressional District.

Tiahrt announced Tuesday that Robert Noland would serve as his campaign manager.

Noland had been executive director of the Kansas Family Policy Council since 2010. The group strongly opposes abortion, gay rights and same-sex marriage.

Tiahrt is challenging two-term congressman Mike Pompeo in the Aug. 5 Republican primary. Tiahrt won the Wichita-area district in 1994, but did not seek re-election in 2010 to make an unsuccessful U.S. Senate run.

Noland was the only employee of Tiahrt’s campaign in 1994 and worked for him throughout his tenure in the U.S. House, mostly as his district director.

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