Priebus: 'Impossible' for Orman to caucus with the GOP

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said the independent challenger to Sen. Pat RobertsPat RobertsMeet the rising GOP star who already enrages the left Senators ask IRS to issue guidance to help startups GOP makes new push on wildfire bills MORE (R-Kan.) would not caucus with Senate Republicans if the GOP takes over the upper chamber's majority.

“It is an impossibility. It is not possible,” Priebus told Kansas City’s 41 Action News.

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He called the idea that independent Greg Orman might work with Republican leadership in the Senate “ridiculous.”

Orman has said he would like to caucus with the party that holds a clear majority, and Priebus's comments that he's a Democrat in disguise may be aimed at undercutting that argument.

“He's a Democrat. He's a major giver to Democrats,” he told the TV station. “And he's lying and not telling the truth to people in Kansas.”

Two new polls have shown Roberts with a lead in the tight race, but Republicans are worried Orman could cost them the seat — and their chance at taking over the Senate.

“The guy is a major donor, thousands of dollars to Barack Obama and Harry Reid," Priebus said.

Asked if there was a scenario in which he could see Orman choosing to caucus with the GOP — and if he would be welcomed if he did, Priebus replied, "No, I may have been born on a weekend, but it wasn't last weekend."

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