Americans in the heartland are starving for leadership in Washington. While they wait, President Obama and the Democrats are fundamentally transforming our Republic. Americans are desperately longing for passionate and spirited candidates to fight for conservative principles. They are looking for candidates who say exactly what We the People are thinking. They want bold, but articulate leaders. One of the best candidates to fill this vacuum is Dr. Milton Wolf running for U.S. Senate in Kansas.
Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) has represented Kansas in the House and Senate for 33 years. Including his time as a congressional staffer, he has been in Washington since 1967. He has been a loyal public servant. But over the past few decades, he has unfortunately become the quintessential career politician, failing to thwart the unprecedented growth of government when it really counted. No degree of election-year foxhole conversions to voting conservative can compensate for the vacuum of a principled voice that has been missing in the U.S. Senate.
To rebuild the Senate majority with a new cadre of limited government, free-market, constitutional conservatives, we cannot reelect those who helped lose the majority during the Bush years through inconsistent principles. Roberts voted to keep the “Bridge to Nowhere” in 2006. He repeatedly opposed the earmark bans, even as many Republicans started realizing the harmful effects of earmarks. He supported No Child Left Behind, Medicare expansion, and the bailouts of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. He has consistently voted against efforts to downsize the federal government and devolve power to the states.
Even more important than conservative votes, is a voice for Kansas’s conservative values. When Roberts’s voice was needed most, he was actually giving it to the other side. In 2009, President Obama nominated Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius to be Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). It was clear early on that Obama’s biggest priority was to take over the healthcare sector. As a home state senator and as a Kansan, Roberts had the opportunity to explain to the nation how he saw first-hand her radical views on healthcare and her support for partial birth abortion. Yet, not only did he vote for her, he gave her the home state endorsement and publicly foisted upon us the worst Secretary of HHS in American history.
Nobody can claim to be pro-life and sincerely opposed to Obamacare and at the same time support Kathleen Sebelius.
Even as Milton Wolf began considering a run for U.S. Senate, he was already a strong voice for Kansas. At the beginning of Obama’s presidency, Senator Roberts continued his old ways of go-along-to-get-along. He helped undermine our leverage points against Obama’s spending binge and Obamacare by voting to increase the debt ceiling and funding Obamacare in the budget. He voted for the $620 billion tax increases/$330 billion spending bill that Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) negotiated. But much like Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) did during his primary, Roberts lurched all the way to the right once Milton considered a Senate run.
Roberts began to vote against the debt ceiling and budget deals. He signed onto the Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) letter committing to defund Obamacare. He even broke from his tradition as a stealth senator to join Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) on the U.S. Senate floor during his historic filibuster against Obamacare. After Milton Wolf called on him to give voice to Kansas against the egregious Ryan-Murray budget deal, he immediately announced his opposition.
He has moved so far to the right that some are even scoffing upon the effort to replace him.
However, conservatives are looking for a strong voice for all six years of a senator’s term, not just a pandering vote close to election time.
More importantly, even the foxhole conversion is a result of Milton’s bold and articulate voice in Kansas as a primary challenger. Just weeks before he signed the Mike Lee letter, Roberts expressed his skepticism of the strategy at a tele-townhall. He noted that “it’s a lot harder than it used to be but, my hand is still out there stretched out across the aisle.” At the same event on July 29, Roberts referred to the Fair Tax as a “scheme.” After Milton announced his candidacy, Roberts became a supporter. Most interesting, Roberts has called for Sebelius to resign. This is an unambiguous admission that his 2013 voting record is a form of pandering, not principled leadership.
Milton Wolf will provide the bold leadership we are all starving for. Far from being a career politician, Milton, who was born and raised in Lyons, Kansas, has spent his career trying to save cancer patients working as a diagnostic radiologist. Milton is continuing his full-time work in the hospital even as he campaigns statewide for Senate.
Dr. Wolf also happens to be Obama’s second cousin, and following the passage of Obamacare, Milton decided to speak out as a doctor, relative, conservative, and Kansan. He began speaking at Tea Parties and writing regular columns for national publications. He has a wealth of writings on an extensive list of policy issues, articulating conservatism from a position of strength. He is 100% with the conservative grassroots on every issue. Milton is also one of the most articulate and passionate candidates we have ever met.
After coming out publicly as Obama’s cousin, Milton was audited twice by the IRS. The White House also called his editor to try to get him fired.
Headed into the next few years, defeating Obamacare will be the most important goal. Who should lead the fight? A career politician who couldn’t even stand up to the architect of Obamacare or a doctor who is willing to stand up to his own family?
Dr. Wolf will work every day of his six-year term to give voice and fight for us just like Ted Cruz. He is the true embodiment of the 21st century conservative we so badly need. We are honored to put our full support behind him in the August 5th primary.