|By Byron York; Byron York, Chief Political Correspondent|
The fight for the Republican
The fourth-generation Kansan is Sen.
It started in early February, when
The Times even quoted a
After the Times story appeared, Wolf started sending out campaign emails with the heading "
After the Times piece came out, I asked Roberts' team -- his spokeswoman in
Of course, just because the Roberts campaign would not release information on the senator's travels did not mean an opponent would not do the work for them. And indeed, not too long ago, I received an email from a person who insisted on anonymity, passing along publicly available records of Roberts' visits to
Roberts was in
I asked Roberts' office whether the numbers were accurate and, if so, whether they reflected a reasonable division of the senator's time between
"I don't measure my service in days," Roberts told me. "I try to measure it in results. And I don't think there's one number that can measure the sum total of what I do for
"Until we really got into this, I don't know if I could have told you how many days I was in
Roberts discussed his service on the
Roberts pointed out that a significant part of his work in
Sometimes those efforts stretched well beyond a
Whatever the time Roberts spends in
By the way, Roberts told me that on a recent visit he tried to find the man who told
After my talk with Roberts, I asked the Wolf campaign how many counties Dr. Wolf -- like Roberts, a Kansan going way back -- has visited in the campaign. "Since the start of the campaign, Milton has been to approximately 50 counties in
"Dr. Wolf was not keeping tally of the number of counties visited prior to the start of the campaign because quite frankly, he wasn't preparing to build talking points in advance of a campaign for office," Hartman continued. "What he has been doing is helping tens of thousands of patients right here in
Hartman's last line suggests the
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