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No D.C. move in sight for Morans

By MIKE CORN

mcorn@dailynews.net

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jerry Moran is thrilled to be representing Kansas in Washington. But he still has no desire to move there.

But a move might be in his future, now that he and his wife, Robba, have put their Hays home on the market.

Moran, R-Kansas, said the decision to sell -- if a buyer is found -- is more a decision to move into a smaller place.

"We need to downsize," he said late Monday. "The kids are all gone."

But he was clear on one issue: "We are not moving to Washington, D.C.," he said. "What we're doing is uncertain."

Instead, he and Robba are looking at several options, including the idea of moving someplace closer to a larger airport.

That way, Moran said, he won't face several hours of driving home each weekend.

"Whatever we decide to do, it will not include moving to Washington, D.C."

Despite that, he continues to consider Hays and western Kansas his home.

He's also had lunch every weekend with his 96-year-old father in Plainville, and he isn't entertaining any ideas of abandoning that practice.

There is also the issue of Robba's role as a member of the Kansas Board of Regents, overseeing state universities and colleges.

Moran said she plans to spend at least 14 days fulfilling regent work in April.

The regents just recently hired a new president for Emporia State University and are actively at work hiring someone to lead Wichita State University.

"I like Washington," Moran said. "I'm glad you all gave me the chance to work here. But I would never move here."