GOP Sen. Candidate Pat Roberts’ Sunflower Fields Are In Ukraine


Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) represents “The Sunflower?State” and his website reflects that. However, the photos of sunflowers on his site aren’t photos of the beautiful Kansas countryside; they were taken by a Ukrainian photographer in Ukraine.

The header on every page of Pat Roberts’ website:

pat roberts kansas sunflowers
BuzzFeed/Pat Roberts

Roberts campaign press release:

pat roberts kansas sunflowers
BuzzFeed

The image as saved from the website:

pat roberts kansas sunflowers
BuzzFeed

The stock image from Deposit Photos:

pat roberts kansas sunflowers
BuzzFeed/Deposit Photos

The rest of photographer Mykola Velychko’s photos:

pat roberts kansas sunflowers
BuzzFeed/Deposit Photos

Velychko’s bio on stock image sites. The label on the photo of Roberts sunflower field says that it’s in Ukraine.

pat roberts kansas sunflowers
BuzzFeed/Deposit Photos

And here it is, “a field of sunflowers in the south of Ukraine.”

pat roberts kansas sunflowers
BuzzFeed/Deposit Photos

Oops! Here is another Velychko image on Roberts’ Facebook page, too.

pat roberts kansas sunflowers
BuzzFeed

And the Deposit Photos link with Velychko’s name on it.

pat roberts kansas sunflowers
BuzzFeed/Deposit Photos

And Velychko’s personal website.

pat roberts kansas sunflowers
BuzzFeed/Deposit Photos

Roberts’ campaign manager Corry Bliss is not amused.

?Is this a joke? It’s obviously a stock image used by our digital firm to reflect that Kansas is the Sunflower State. But given the many serious issues facing our country right now, I doubt voters care about this silly line of attack by Greg Orman and his liberal allies.?


So everyone uses stock images….right? Is this a big deal? Naw. But we still LOVE it and think it’s awesome that all-American boy Pat Roberts can’t even find a decent photo of a field of his state’s flowers. It’s been a bad week for GOP politicians and stock photos, eh? Seriously the campaign staffers need to up their game a bit.?

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Tiffany Willis is a fifth-generation Texan and the founder and editor-in-chief of Liberal America. An unapologetic member of the Christian Left, she has spent most of her career actively working with ?the least of these? and disadvantaged and oppressed populations. She’s passionate about their struggles. To stay on top of topics she discusses,?like her?Facebook page,?follow her on Twitter, or?connect with her via LinkedIn. She also has?a?grossly neglected personal blog?and a?literary quotes blog that is a labor of love. Find her somewhere and join the discussion.

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