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Wolf brings Tea Party-backed campaign to Lawrence

July 29, 2014

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Milton Wolf, a Tea Party-backed candidate for U.S. Senate, chats with supporters Helen and David Hood of Ottawa during a campaign stop at South Park in Lawrence on Tuesday. About 50 people attended the appearance.

Milton Wolf, a Tea Party-backed candidate for U.S. Senate, chats with supporters Helen and David Hood of Ottawa during a campaign stop at South Park in Lawrence on Tuesday. About 50 people attended the appearance.

Milton Wolf brought his Tea Party-backed campaign to Lawrence on Tuesday night, telling a gathering of about 50 supporters that if he can upset U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts in the Aug. 5 primary, he'll go to Washington and oppose President Barack Obama at every turn.

"I think Barack Obama's about the worst president in our lifetimes, and it's nothing personal," Wolf told a gathering of about 50 people in South Park. "But I think his policies are destroying America. His policies have abandoned your liberty. His policies believe government can make your decisions, but I believe in you."

Wolf is a Johnson County radiologist who is also a distant cousin of Obama. He talked about that relationship during his speech, noting that while U.S. history has seen some famous family dynasties in politics — from Presidents John and John Quincy Adams to the Kennedys — he plans to offer the first family rivalry.

"I will launch the mother of all family feuds to save America," Wolf said.

Those words were encouraging to people like Chelsea Ellis, of Lawrence, a recent Kansas University graduate and a Wolf supporter who turned out for the rally. She said she's looking for a candidate who will "not give in to the other side."

"That's my biggest issue," Ellis said. "I know that Pat Roberts has voted to raise the debt ceiling 11 times, and I feel like that's harmful for our country, and I feel like that places a lot of debt on my generation."

With only one week remaining before Election Day, Wolf faces an uphill climb in his effort to unseat Roberts, a three-term incumbent who has been a fixture in Washington since the 1960s, when he worked as an aide to then-Rep. Keith Sebelius.

A recent SurveyUSA poll showed the race narrowing slightly in the past month, but Roberts still maintained a 20-point lead, 50 percent to 30 percent, with 12 percent of likely GOP primary voters saying they are still undecided.

Asked to respond to those numbers, Wolf pointed to another poll commissioned by the Tea Party Patriots, which he said shows him within 12 points of Roberts and gaining ground.

"The way you win this election is by simply getting out the word," he said. "Among people who know us both, I'm actually beating him."

Still, Roberts has not taken the race for granted. Analysts have said his voting record in the Senate became decidedly more conservative once he knew he would face a Tea Party challenge. His scorecard rating with the conservative magazine The New American, for example, rose from 63 percent in 2012 to 83 percent today.

Roberts has also run TV ads chastising Wolf over revelations about his posting x-ray images of gunshot victims on Facebook, and for failing to vote in 28 elections over the past 19 years.

But Wolf shrugged off the attacks, calling them a sign of weakness on Roberts' part.

"After 47 years in Washington, Pat Roberts cannot name for you a single achievement that is worth being re-elected," Wolf said.

Tim Wass Jr., who recently moved to Lawrence from Parsons, said he supports Wolf because he is a "constitutional conservative."

"I'm really looking for people who have common sense, regardless of party," Wass said. "I want to have supporters of liberty in public office."

Comments

Karen Kolavalli 10 months ago

I was wondering about the row of campaign signs Wolf had all along South Park, between the sidewalk and Mass Street. Is that legal?

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 10 months ago

No it isn't. If his signs tore up any of our nice park, he better pay for it.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 10 months ago

"His policies have abandoned your liberty."

What liberties have you lost? The liberty to not have insurance, and bum your health care off of those who do? No one has taken your guns. No one has thrown any of the people who disagree with the president into prison, even those who have openly called for his death. No one is shutting down your churches, you can worship all you want, except your children need to learn in school. No one is forcing you to get an abortion or divorce your spouse and forcing you to marry someone of the same sex. You don't even have to talk to a gay person. No one is forcing you to move to Colorado and smoke pot. Oh regulation, regulations. I forgot that odious FERFA regulation you have to follow. You are suppose to follow privacy laws for the protection of your patients. Sorry that ruins your fun, but you should respect your patients, that's just being a good person and Christian.

Phillip Chappuie 10 months ago

Perhaps Ms. Ellis would prefer another government shut down. Let us know how that works out for you. Dorothy makes a wonderful point. Just what liberties have been lost?

Brock Masters 10 months ago

You ask what liberties we have lost, well here is a list. I don't attribute these to Obama, but to our government. No one president is solely responsible.

4th amendment rights, Patriot Act and NSA spying Due process - drone killings of Americans suspected, but not convicted of a crime certainly robs them of their liberties. Being forced to buy a product you don't want or face a penalty - the ACA. Right to face accuser and due process - red light cameras that send you a ticket regardless of who may have been driving. High and often prohibitive costs to possess a gun
Voter ID requirements (I agree with them but many see it as a loss of a right) Congress abdicating its responsibility to declare war and allowing the president to do it.

Probably could come up with more, but this will do.

Richard Heckler 10 months ago

Neither Pat Roberts nor this dude Milton Wolfe are great choices for Kansas. Roberts is a party line politician and has supported Tea Party legislation. Ms Ellis is not paying attention.

Roberts in reality is not living in Kansas.

What in the hell is a "constitution conservative"?

THINK and vote Chad Taylor = no more right wing votes and fiscal responsibility.

James Garvey 10 months ago

Why did Wolf even bother? Seems like a complete waste of time and money!

James Garvey 10 months ago

MR WOLF..... you brought your Tea Party-backed campaign to Lawrence on Tuesday night, telling a gathering of about 50 supporters that if you can upset U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts in the Aug. 5 primary, you'll go to Washington and oppose President Barack Obama at every turn.What happened to compromise and doing what's best for your constituents....the American People? Instead of YOUR RIGHT WING, LOONEY TOONEY TEAPUBLICAN agenda?

Aaron McGrogor 10 months ago

Others have made great points so far, but I just wanted to add: "...he'll go to Washington and oppose President Barack Obama at every turn." Really? Is that what we need? Is that this man's idea of productivity? You can disagree with policies that he creates, and try to block them. But to outright just try to block everything and anything is ridiculous. How about reading what flies across your desk before you write it off as bulls**t? Or better yet, how about trying to make something new?

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