Stars and Stripes stripes.com 22 Dec, 2020 22:30 am

Deals, quips and Wally Ballou: Kansas' Pat Roberts exits Capitol Hill after a half-century

Deals, quips and Wally Ballou: Kansas' Pat Roberts exits Capitol Hill after a half-century
Sen. Pat Roberts, 84, is winding down a Washington career that spans 10 presidencies.

Little said Roberts’ Ballou was always well-informed on agriculture and other issues, making him tough for new staffers to placate.“Today I don’t think you can pull those things because of security,” Roberts said when asked about his alter ego.Roberts said he hasn’t traveled to Kansas since March, on the advice of his physician, because of the risk the virus poses at his age.” Little and others said Roberts lived by a motto: Take the job seriously, but don’t take yourself seriously.

’” Roberts said.” Roberts said at the start of every new Congress he made a point “to just go sit down next to a Democrat I didn’t know and say, hey, how are you?

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