A national tea party group announced Thursday that it is endorsing physician Milton Wolf in his bid to unseat three-term U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts in the state’s Republican primary.
“We control the House, but under Speaker (John) Boehner’s leadership, we are doing nothing,” said Amy Kremer, chairwoman of the Tea Party Express, a California-based group that describes itself as the nation’s largest tea party political action committee.
“And you know what that means? That means the Republican leadership is complicit,” she said. “It’s not acceptable. These people work for us.”
During a rally at Mead’s Corner coffee shop in downtown Wichita, Kremer said Wolf would “stand with Ted Cruz and Mike Lee and Rand Paul and fight the good fight for all of us.”
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The lawmakers from Texas, Utah and Kentucky are three of the Senate’s most outspoken supporters of the conservative tea party movement. Wolf already has backing from Kansas Tea Party groups.
Addressing a crowd of about 50 people Thursday morning, Wolf called President Obama “the worst president of our lifetime” and pledged to work to repeal the Affordable Care Act and other Obama policies.
“I love the Lord our God, my firearm of choice is the Ruger SR-556, and I have hatred toward no man, only toward bad government that will destroy our freedom and destroy our future,” he said.
Wolf criticized Roberts over a recent report that the senator, who lives in Alexandria, Va., is listed on voter-registration rolls as residing in a Dodge City home owned by campaign donors. The news conference set included a leather recliner with a “For Rent” sign, a set of golf clubs and a mailbox labeled “ROBERTS.”
“He has to claim a rented recliner as his residency,” Wolf said. “When you abandon your state that way, you abandon your state’s values.”
Wolf sparked applause and several shouts of “Amen!” from the crowd when he said people should work if they’re able.
“Those who can take care of themselves and choose not to, my message to them is simple,” he said. “They should get off the sofa, they should hang up their free Obama phone and they should get a job.”
Wolf recently has faced criticism about posting graphic images from X-rays of victims of gunshot wounds and other medical injuries on Facebook page several years ago. Wolf has apologized. Roberts is running statewide cable-television and radio ads attacking Wolf on the issue.
Wolf said the Roberts campaign will be “throwing everything they can at me.”
“If Pat Roberts and all those establishment, career politicians … would fight against Democrats as hard as they fight against conservatives, we wouldn’t be in this mess,” Wolf said.