Did Tiarht lose the Kansas primary for supporting the pro-union agenda?

The Sarah Palin-endorsed Rep. Todd Tiarht, R-Kan., recently lost in the Kansas Republican senate primary. Interestingly enough, Tiarht is one of the supporters of a pro-union bill sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that would federally mandate that state and local cops and firemen be given union monopoly bargaining. National Right to Work has been making support of this bill a campaign issue. It could very well have hurt Tiarht:

Republicans in Congress should take notice: Supporting union boss power grabs won’t win you any favor with the voters.

Last week, U.S. Representative Todd Tiahrt learned the lesson the hard way after losing the Republican primary in Kansas in the race for a seat in the U.S. Senate.

In the weeks before Tiahrt’s narrow defeat, the National Right to Work Committee alerted tens of thousands of Kansas voters to Tiahrt’s long and unapologetic support for the Police and Firefighter Monopoly Bargaining Bill (H.R. 413).

I wrote in detail about this bill in a column in June, but the proposed legislation would essentially allow unions to edge out volunteer fireman and replace them with paid union workers, among other things. This is a pretty big deal, considering 833,000 of the nation’s 1.1 million firefighters are volunteers.

According to National Right to Work, they sent out many more mailings than the race’s 17,000 vote margin of victory. It should be noted that Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., who won the primary, outspent Tiarht and was always the favorite in the race. However, making Republican primary voters aware that Tiarht’s supported Reid’s bill attacking volunteer firefighters may have hurt him significantly.

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