© 2022 KMUW
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Moderate Party of Kansas Co-Founder Considers Run Against U.S. Senator Pat Roberts

"Moderate Party of Kansas" co-founder Aaron Estabrook says he's considering a run against Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts.

Estabrook, of Manhattan, Kan., says he is forming an exploratory committee to look into running against Roberts, who's up for re-election in 2014. Estabrook is Army veteran who works at the Salvation Army as a case manager for homeless veterans in northern Kansas.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Estabrook worked for conservative U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp when Huelskamp was in the Kansas Legislature. He later registered as a Democrat, citing the Iraq war as one reason for the switch.

Estabrook is on the Manhattan school board and ran unsuccessfully for the Kansas House as a Democrat last year. He says he'd run under the banner of the "Moderate Party of Kansas," a political action committee he co-founded last year.

Roberts spokeswoman Sarah Little says Roberts doesn't take any election for granted "and will continue to fight for Kansans each and every day whomever his opponent may be."