The Manhattan Regional Airport has landed a big arrival straight from Washington.
The office of Sen. Jerry Moran confirmed Thursday that the senator intends to move his family from Hays to Manhattan and will be buying a residence here.
Garrette Silverman, Moran’s press aide, told The Mercury that the commute from Washington was simply much easier to Manhattan than all the way out to Hays.
For the past few years, the Manhattan airport has built itself a reputation as a regional service by establishing non-stop service both to Chicago (two flights daily) and Dallas (three flights daily). Moran’s move eliminates the need for him to drive an additional 150 miles if his plane lands in Manhattan. 183 miles if it lands in Wichita, nearly 300 miles if it lands at KCI, or 335 miles if it lands in Denver, in order to get home.
The Morans earlier this year announced plans to sell their Hays residence, but until this week had not decided where they would relocate to. Moran had, however, categorically ruled out purchasing a home in Washington.
“I like Washington,” Moran told the Hays Daily News in April when his house went on the market. “I’m glad you all gave me the chance to work here But I would never live here.”
The decision apparently was also driven in part by the fact that Moran’s wife, Robba, was recently appointed to the Kansas Board of Regents, giving her additional responsibilities in the eastern portion of the state. Beyond that, one of the Morans’ two daughters attends K-State, and the other is a recent graduate of the university.
When the Morans purchase that house here, they’ll become the first citizens of Manhattan proper and the second from Riley County to represent the state in the Senate. James M. Harvey of Fort Riley, served as a U.S. senator between 1874 and 1877.