Kansas Senate hopeful Greg Orman’s efforts to paint himself as an independent voice in Washington took a late blow on Tuesday, as Vice President Joseph R. Biden admitted Mr. Orman will side with Democrats should he win the election.
When laying out his predictions for Tuesday;s midterms with Connecticut radio station WPLR, Mr. Biden said “We have a chance of picking up an independent who will be with us in the state of Kansas,” the Weekly Standard reported.
Mr. Orman, a businessman, has looked to keep up an independent appearance in his challenge to Republican Sen. Pat Roberts, claiming in his campaign bio that he wouldn’t “be beholden to a party or the special interests who keep them in power.”
That runs contrary to his history of considering a Senate run as a Democrat in 2008 and political contributions to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, President Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton.
But if Kansans had any doubts where Mr. Orman’s votes will go in the Senate, Mr. Biden, with his usual candor, appears to have completely destroyed his cover.