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Needing another senator

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Needing another senator

I am a lifetime Republican and, in fact, voted for Sen. Pat Roberts in all of his past elections. I will not be this year.

I am appalled and embarrassed at the outright lies and smears he has directed at Dr. Milton Wolf. Wolf has said he will not run a negative campaign towards Roberts, and he has kept his word. I don't believe I have heard one single positive ad from Roberts defending his record of 47 years in Washington or what he will do for us in Kansas and the country to get us out of the horrendous mess we now are facing -- just smear and attack ads.

When Roberts first moved to Washington in 1967, our national debt was $326 billion. Since his being in office, the national debt is nearing $18 trillion, and the government has grown out of control. Roberts has voted to raise the debt ceiling 11 times. He also voted for Barack Obama's $600 billion tax hike, and for Kathleen Sebelius, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry.

Roberts has not lived in Kansas since 1962. He lived in Arizona from 1962 until he moved to Washington in 1967. He then moved to Alexandria, Va., in 1975, where he resides today. His family lives there, his kids grew up there. He is not a Kansan.

When he first ran for the U.S. House of Representatives, his listed primary residence was Alexandria, Va. His listed Kansas residence was a vacant lot in Dodge City. He later purchased interest in a rental property in Dodge City, claiming that to be his residence. But it was occupied, rented out. His "official" Kansas residence now is a La-Z-Boy chair at the home of a campaign supporter, Duane Ross, which is situated on a golf course in Dodge City.

It was reported Ross couldn't remember the last time Roberts slept there. This is the residency he lists for his Kansas voter registration. He never has lived in Dodge City. Is this the type of unethical behavior you would expect of any representative of the state of Kansas or any state for that matter?

Roberts recently said in an interview about Kansas; "Every time I get an opponent, uh, I mean every time I get a chance, I'm home." Roberts has refused to debate Wolf and has refused to meet with any conservative organizations during the primary.

Wolf is a constitutional conservative, much like Congressman Tim Huelskamp, who vows to not only take the oath to honor and obey the constitution, but actually will do it. He states in his own words; "I'm a doctor, not a politician." He stands for the full repeal of Obamacare. He has published his own 17 page alternative to Obamacare called "PatientCare." It puts the decisions over your health care back between you and your doctor and gets the government out of the health care business. He has become a nationally recognized champion of patients' rights.

He also is for term limits and vows to only serve two terms if elected and then return to his medical practice. Despite the lies and smears from Roberts's ads, Wolf actually grew up on a family dairy farm near Lyons, a small farming community in Rice County. His father was a dairy farmer who later became a doctor himself. Wolf is pro-life.

Roberts claims to be pro-life but voted for Sebelius to run HHS and the abortion policies of the country, and let's not forget Sebelius' direct ties to Wichita late-term abortion doctor Dr. George Tiller.

Wolf also is strongly pro-Second Amendment. He and his wife both are concealed-carry permit holders and lifetime NRA members. Wolf is for simplifying the tax code. He is for immigration policy that secures our borders and enforces our immigration laws, as we are a sovereign nation. He also is for policies that lift the heavy burdens of regulations weighing heavily on our agriculture and energy sectors with more proposed burdening regulations on the way via the EPA.

Wolf is for an America that re-embraces the constitution and the American idea of individual liberty, limited government and free-market values.

What does Roberts stand for? His ads don't tell you any of that. Wolf will get my vote in the GOP primary, right along with Huelskamp. I ask others to help in giving Kansas back its second senator since 1997.

Steve Newcomer,

Big First Tea Party representing Kansas's Big First District

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