Political affiliation is thicker than blood.
Milton Wolf, a Tea Party candidate running against U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., in the 2014 primary, ripped into President Barack Obama during a Tuesday appearance at K-State.
It has been widely publicized that the super-conservative Wolf is Obama’s second cousin once removed.
“You cannot choose your family, but you can choose to rise up and stop your family from destroying America,” he said. “That’s what I think Barack Obama is doing. I think my mission is to stop him.”
The Wolf-Obama connection is through Obama’s grandmother, who was the cousin of Wolf’s mother. Wolf said his mother and Obama’s mother were childhood friends growing up in Wichita.
Wolf, a Kansas City-based radiologist and advocate against the Affordable Care Act, talked to a group of about 25 people during a KSU College Republicans meeting that Flint Hills Tea Party members also attended.
He used the opportunity to set himself apart from Roberts, particularly pointing out that Roberts supported health secretary Kathleen Sebelius when she was nominated for the position.
Roberts, who started his D.C. career as an aide for Sebelius’s father-in-law, Keith Sebelius, voted for her confirmation but recently called for the health secretary to resign.
“He calls for her to resign? That’s too little, too late,” Wolf said. “She wouldn’t have that job if it was not for him.”
Wolf stated his intention of seeking only two terms if elected. He mentioned that Roberts is in his 32nd year in Congress.
“One of the things that’s wrong in America is we have too many career politicians,” he said. “Career politicians in both parties have let us down.”
Wolf hasn’t served in any elected office previously.
He said Mike Lee, R-Utah, Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, fit into the same category prior to their elections.
“I don’t think it’s a coincidence that they’re the most influential senators today,” Wolf said. “They’re not beholden to any party bosses.”
Lorie Medina, Wolf’s field operations director, played a key role in Cruz being elected to the Senate as a founder of the Frisco, Texas, Tea Party.
“I believe in Milton,” she said. “I love Milton with all my heart. I believe he’s going to be the next senator from Kansas.”
During the talk, Wolf spoke about his beliefs and views on what should be addressed in Congress. Among his key points:
• Teach Republicans how to properly debate against Obamacare. Wolf said he would push his free market healthcare alternatives.
“Anybody can stand against something,” he said. “That’s easy. It’s hard to stand for something.”
• Promote positive ideas rather than focusing on defensive efforts. “We can spend all day long telling everybody what someone else has done wrong, and we’d get nowhere,” Wolf said.
• Eliminate federal taxes and replace them with a consumption tax. Wolf explained that people would only pay taxes for what they spent.
• Keep entitlements but stop handouts. Wolf said people have paid into Social Security and Medicare and should get their benefits. He said people looking for a handout “need to get off the sofa, they need to hang up their free Obama phone and they need to get a job.”
• The Second Amendment is a God-given right.
“It doesn’t even matter what the Second Amendment says,” Wolf said. “No man can take away your right to self-defense.”
Chuck Henderson of the Flint Hills Tea Party said Wolf brings “energy and vigor” and has been interested in their cause.
While Wolf spoke at a previous Tea Party meeting, Henderson said neither Roberts nor a member of his staff has reached out during the local party’s four-plus years of existence.
“He’s still operating on a 20th century playbook, and we’re into the second decade of the 21st century,” Henderson said of Roberts.
Heritage Action, the conservative grassroots advocacy group, rated Roberts as the fifth most conservative senator during the current Congress.
“While his voting record is far from the worst in our point of view, why couldn’t it be even better?” Henderson asked.
“Why is he only the fifth most conservative? Is that what we need to settle for?”