TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Former Kansas Gov. Bill Graves has endorsed U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts and is recording a statewide radio ad for the three-term Republican incumbent in his tough re-election race.
The Roberts campaign released a letter Wednesday from Graves calling Roberts a tested leader and reasonable problem-solver.
Roberts is in a tight race with independent candidate and Olathe businessman Greg Orman. The challenger is running as a centrist who can break gridlock in Washington.
Graves is a GOP moderate who served as governor from 1995 through 2002 and often clashed with GOP conservatives. He is president of the American Trucking Associations.
Graves’ actions follow Orman’s endorsement by a group of former moderate GOP state legislators.
Roberts campaign manager Corry Bliss said the Graves radio ad should be running by Friday.