Doctor launches U.S. senate campaign
By MATTHEW KENWRIGHT
President Barack Obama's distant cousin will be on the ballot in Kansas this summer.
Dr. Milton Wolf, a diagnostic radiologist from the Kansas City area, has launched a bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan. Wolf's website asks voters to send Obama's "fearless conservative cousin" to the nation's capitol.
The primary election will be Aug. 5.
"I'm a doctor, not a politician. I have never run for office or held office, and frankly, I don't want a career in politics," Wolf said. "But the reality is, the career politicians in both parties have failed us."
The lifelong Republican said his party has strayed from its principles.
"Our party talks a good game of lower taxes, less spending, lower debt and less government intrusion in our lives, but the truth is, our party has failed us," Wolf said.
Wolf shared the values he would adhere to in office.
"I will stand by the Constitution," he said. "I will stand by the American idea of individual liberty, limited government and free-market values."
The doctor criticized Roberts for his votes to raise the debt ceiling and confirm Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Sebelius, a former Kansas governor, has been panned for the Affordable Care Act's faulty debut.
"Obamacare is the most destructive law of our lifetime," Wolf said. "It is an outright betrayal of American values, but it's also so destructive to the patients ... it puts the government between them and their doctors."
Leroy Towns, Roberts' executive campaign manager, said, "He voted, basically, to get her out of Kansas. He did. As a result of her leaving Kansas, Republicans in the state have done fairly well."
After the new health care law's rollout, Roberts called for her resignation. The law's problems would have been the same no matter which official occupied the position, Towns said.
Wolf said he published a letter on breitbart.com, a top conservative website, to encourage his political peers to return to the party of Reagan.
"This is a critical time for the Republican party," he said. "We're going to have to decide what we stand for, or if we stand for anything at all."
Wolf has been endorsed by the Senate Conservatives Fund, former Rep. Jim Ryun, R-Topeka, and his Madison Project group and Erick Erickson, redstate.com's editor in chief.
More information about Wolf's campaign can be found at www.miltonwolf.com. He will visit Hays in February for a town hall meeting.