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Sen. Roberts, there’s no place like home?

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

House Republicans weren’t the only ones rehashing the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting hullabaloo on Wednesday. Across the Capitol, Senate Republicans used a Finance hearing on the Obama budget proposal to reiterate their outrage that the IRS allegedly screened  nonprofits based on political affiliations.

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas), immersed in a primary battle, wanted Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to know that Republicans have no intention of dropping the matter. In fact, one issue he is “always asked about on my visits home is whether anybody will be ever held accountable for the scandals at the IRS.”

Home visits?

If home is where you hang your hat, then one could argue Roberts is a Washingtonian. Byron York at the Washington Examiner reported Thursday an attack from Roberts’ primary opponent that the senator spent 65 days in Kansas in all of 2012. In an interview with York, Roberts did not deny that statistic, but decreed that his service be measured in results, not days in his home state.

If it remains an issue in his campaign, Roberts can always click his heels together three times. . .



Colby Itkowitz is a national reporter for In The Loop.



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