Tea Party Candidate in Kansas Is Obama’s Cousin… But That’s Not the Strangest Part of this Campaign

In another example of truth being stranger than fiction, Dr. Milton Wolf — the Tea Party challenger to long-time Kansas Republican Senator Pat Roberts — is President Obama’s 2nd cousin. Wolf’s mother was a cousin to Obama’s grandmother, Madelyn Dunham.

However, this fact alone isn’t the strangest part of this campaign. As they say in marketing, “But wait, there’s more.”

At first glance, the Overland Park radiologist’s campaign appears to set up well against the long-time incumbent. Pat Roberts has served as a Representative or Senator in Washington DC for the past 47 years.

There’s also a controversy about the Senator’s residency in Kansas. The address that Senator Roberts claims as his residence is a house near a golf course in Dodge City, owned by longtime supporters and donors C. Duane and Phyllis Ross, that he pays rent to. Roberts claims he “stays in a recliner” in the Ross’s home when he’s back “home.” Roberts and his wife also own a home in northern Virginia.

Kansas also has a history of anti-government sentiment. In 1992, Ross Perot got 27% of the vote in the Sunflower State; and in 2012, Republican conservatives wiped out moderates in the state legislature. So thankfully, Dr. Wolf’s family tree appears to be the only thing he has in common with the President.

In 2010 Dr. Wolf wrote a detailed Washington Post column that predicted and revealed many of the flaws in ObamaCare. He repeated his opposition to this legislation in a May 2011 FoxNews.com column. He also says his distant cousin is “the worst President in American history,” and wants to “defund, repeal and replace ObamaCare before it defunds America.”

All these facts appeared to line up well for the Tea Party challenger. But here’s where the story gets stranger — and where his campaign took a turn for the worse.

In February, it was revealed that Wolf showed X-rays and gruesome pictures of living and deceased patients in January 2010 on his Facebook page. But he didn’t stop there – Dr. Wolf and others cracked jokes combined with morbid commentary about the dead and wounded. Wolf was reported to write in one Facebook post: “What kind of gun blows somebody’s head completely off? I’ve got to get one of those.”

Wolf tried to defend this incident in an interview, claiming that the images were “legally uploaded to public social media sites and other online venues for educational purposes. They also served… to demonstrate evil lurking in the world.”

Before he started his campaign, this medical Facebook page was taken down and a campaign page was put up.

While this story doesn’t have anything to do with Dr. Wolf’s beliefs, it’s another example of “opposition research” designed to deflect attention away from the core issues.

And so the Kansas Senate primary is another example of the “silly season” (election year politics) getting sillier yet. But it’s also an example for aspiring Tea Party candidates of what not to do if they decide to run for office.