New Senate ad in controversy over old Facebook posts
February 26th, 2014
11:33 AM ET
2 months ago

New Senate ad in controversy over old Facebook posts

(CNN) - Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas is launching a new TV commercial Wednesday that attacks his Republican primary challenger over old Facebook postings that included some "insensitive" comments.

"Dr. Milton Wolf's patients trusted him, but stunning news reports show that Wolf exposed private patient X-rays and other personal information on Facebook – where Wolf relentlessly poked fun at the dead or wounded. A Kansas City medical ethics expert called Wolf's behavior 'beyond alarming' for a professional in the field of medicine," says the narrator in the 30-second spot.

The ad concludes with the narrator saying "If Milton Wolf is so irresponsible as a doctor, how can he possibly be trusted as a U.S. senator?"

Wolf, a radiologist, issued a statement Sunday admitting he made "insensitive" comments about X-ray images he posted online, including an image of a person decapitated by gunfire.

"Several years ago, I made some comments about these images that were insensitive to the seriousness of what the images revealed. Soon thereafter, I removed those images and comments, again several years ago," Wolf said in a statement.

The story was first reported by the Topeka Capital-Journal, which obtained the images but did not show them to the public. Wolf argued he was legally allowed to post those images online because he was not revealing the patients' identities and he was doing so for educational purposes.

In his statement Sunday, Wolf put the blame on Roberts, accusing his "political adversary" for bringing the images to the public. But he went on to say that "my mistakes are my own, and I take full responsibility for them."

A source close to the Roberts campaign confirms to CNN that the campaign will spend six figures to run the ad on cable television in Kansas City, Wichita-Hutchinson and Topeka over the next 10 days.

A second cousin (once removed) of President Barack Obama, Wolf paints himself as a conservative activist with the guts to stand up to the GOP establishment. As a doctor, he frequently campaigns against the Affordable Care Act and proposes his own plan that he calls "PatientCare." A leading national tea party group, the Tea Party Express, is holding a rally for Wolf Thursday in Topeka.

Earlier this month Wolf went up with a radio spot, first reported by CNN, that questioned Roberts' ties to Kansas. The ad came after a report in the New York Times that even though the three-term senator owns a rental property in his hometown of Dodge City, he lists as his voting address the home of two longtime political supporters who rent out a room to the senator. Roberts also owns a home in the Washington D.C. suburbs, where he spends much of his time.

The Roberts campaign quickly pushed back against Milton and the New York Times story, taking issue with the suggestion that the senator does not have a "home" in Dodge City. The campaign said Roberts rents a room from his friends in Dodge City because he cannot stay at the property he rents out.

The new ad by Roberts was first reported by Politico.

CNN National Political Digital Reporter Peter Hamby contributed to this report


Filed under: Kansas • Pat Roberts • Senate
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    -–these so called doctors are the loots, cheats. These idiots do not have any ethics. My doctor is a PA. Not MD. A great doctor. Republicans need to understand ACA is a Law. It will not go away.

    February 26, 2014 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. Sniffit

    Boggles the mind how you could possibly write this article without even mentioning HIPAA. You're so busy playing he-said-she-said like a gossip rag that you miss extraordinarily obvious and extremely important issues. Pathetic.

    February 26, 2014 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Where's Our $24 Billion?

    "Dr. Milton Wolf's patients trusted him, but stunning news reports show that Wolf exposed private patient X-rays and other personal information on Facebook"
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    That goes against HIPPA. He should be in jail.

    February 26, 2014 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    ""This terrible, an estimate is being scaled back. I remember Bush and Cheney estimating our war in Iraq would be one month long. They missed their estimate by 9 years 11 months, but this is the ACA."

    ====
    Another utter and total fabrication by Tampa Tim. I was never for the war but there is no doubt that Bush said that it would a long a protracted war that could last past his presidency. He said that a lot. But Tim likes to just say things and deem them to be true."

    Actually, tom, as early as March 2003, articles were being written about the Bush administration changing their tune about how long the war would take and how they were sending conflicting messages.

    "It is unknowable how long that conflict will last. It could last six days, six weeks. I doubt six months."- Rummy

    "What you'd like to do is have it be a short, short conflict. . . . Iraq is much weaker than they were back in the '90s," – Air Force Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

    Cheney: "I think things have gotten so bad inside Iraq, from the standpoint of the Iraqi people, my belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators. . . . I think it will go relatively quickly, . . . (in) weeks rather than months." He predicted that regular Iraqi soldiers would not "put up such a struggle" and that even "significant elements of the Republican Guard . . . are likely to step aside."

    "The Iraqi people understand what this crisis is about. Like the people of France in the 1940s, they view us as their hoped-for liberator." – Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz

    "Mission Accomplished" – Bush, May 2003

    February 26, 2014 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  5. Smitty

    Oh goody more words taking out of text by the dems. You cant make this stuff up, just another diversion from Oblundercare

    February 26, 2014 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  6. Chris-E...al

    Tampa t@ I think you just like how Tora Bora sounds man ?

    February 26, 2014 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  7. Pam from Iowa

    the Tea Party is going to rally behind this charlatan of a doctor?? How fitting!!!!

    February 26, 2014 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Where's Our $24 Billion?

    Smitty
    Oh goody more words taking out of text by the dems. You cant make this stuff up, just another diversion from Oblundercare
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    Nobody is taking anything out of context. What's disturbing is that Dr. Wolf broke the law(HIPAA) and that isn't the focal point of this article or the attack ad.

    February 26, 2014 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "Oh goody more words taking out of text by the dems"

    What words are being taken out of context? This "doctor" put patients records' up on Facebook and made jokes about the injuries and maladies they suffered...terrible things like a headshot wound. He should lose his license to practice medicine and he already would have if we weren't talking about Kansas.

    "What's the Matter with Kansas?" Well, here's Exhibit 4,597,234.

    February 26, 2014 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  10. king

    the tea party doesn't care if a candidate knows or understand nothing about governing, all they want to know is that he hates Obama's guts to the max, and if ever that candidate tries to compromise a little and govern for the sake of the people, he would be used as a battering ram and send packing. these fools doesn't want governing in their vocabulary, all they'll except is lies, half truth and ted nugent like hatred for this president. what have the american people become for tollerating these lunatics.

    February 26, 2014 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Sniffit posted:

    "Another utter and total fabrication by Tampa Tim. I was never for the war but there is no doubt that Bush said that it would a long a protracted war that could last past his presidency. He said that a lot. But Tim likes to just say things and deem them to be true."

    Actually, tom, as early as March 2003, articles were being written about the Bush administration changing their tune about how long the war would take and how they were sending conflicting messages.
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    Actually, I think the "Mission Accomplished" moment says it all. The Bush administration really and truly believed that the conflict was over. In arguing the case for war to the American people, they had even promised that the conflict would be short, comparable to the first Gulf War under Bush-41. And, lest not forget, that the war would pay for itself.......so we don't need to raise taxes to pay for it. Not only are we keeping our tax cuts for the wealthy in place, we're gonna introduce a whole another round of them,

    February 26, 2014 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  12. The Real Tom Paine

    -Smitty

    Oh goody more words taking out of text by the dems. You cant make this stuff up, just another diversion from Oblundercare
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    Its about a GOP primary. Please read the article.

    February 26, 2014 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. Tampa Tim

    Sniffit – Please ignore Tom l. He has become even more reality challenged since he signed his girlfriend up for health care for $1 a month.

    February 26, 2014 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  14. Ol' Yeller

    "...there is no doubt that Bush said that it would a long a protracted war that could last past his president"

    This HAS to have been written by tom I. A completely inaccurate and ridiculous statement which anyone who pays even the slightest bit of attention to American politics would have spotted as BS immediately, yet it is written as if it is entirely factual and is being explained to a 5 y/o in a condescending tone. tom I does that in almost every post.... treats his target like an imbecile and acts like whatever nonsense he is writing is the Gawd's truth.
    Disagree? Well, then you are going to get called a liar and be asked about 127 nonsensical questions which if you are dumb enough to try and answer... will get you 204 more.

    There is NO DOUBT bush NEVER said anything of the kind and his entire adminstration stayed on message that this would be a short military operation (and insinuated it would be paid for with Iraqi oil)
    Read- 'Fiasco' the best selling book on that war.... good read and has these things called 'facts' in it.... wonderful concept, fthose acts are.

    February 26, 2014 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  15. Thomas

    When one thinks of Kansas , One must ask the question , Way didn't William Burrows ever run for a Senate seat ?

    What went wrong on the Farm ?

    February 26, 2014 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  16. Tampa Tim

    On the March 16, 2003, broadcast of CBS' Face the Nation, Cheney stated: "I think [the war will] go relatively quickly." When host Bob Schieffer pressed the vice president to offer a more precise estimate of how long the war would take, Cheney replied: "Weeks rather than months." On NBC's Meet the Press the same day, Cheney stated, "my belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators [by the Iraqi people]."
    In a February 7, 2003, appearance at Aviano Air Base in Italy, Rumsfeld projected that the Iraq war "could last six days, six weeks. I doubt six months."
    In a February 13, 2002, Washington Post op-ed, Ken Adelman, at the time a member of the Defense Policy Board, stated: "I believe demolishing Hussein's military power and liberating Iraq would be a cakewalk. Let me give simple, responsible reasons: (1) It was a cakewalk last time; (2) they've become much weaker; (3) we've become much stronger; and (4) now we're playing for keeps."

    February 26, 2014 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  17. jboh

    What does ACA, Iraq, ect have to do with violating patient confidentiality? TEA/GOP wingnuts would vote for Stalin/Putin if he started his speech with praise Jesus, and ended with hate President Obama. If the AMA has any credibility at all, it would sanction this quack. Kansas has zero credibility if it doesn't yank his license to practice medicine. Of course, this makes the "doc" a great TEA candidate.

    February 26, 2014 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  18. wendel

    love all the infighting. Don't even bother fellas these repo clowns will take care of each other just sit back and laugh at the trolls. How quickly they forget.

    February 26, 2014 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  19. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Wolf, a radiologist, issued a statement Sunday admitting he made "insensitive" comments about X-ray images he posted online, including an image of a person decapitated by gunfire."

    Did he ever explain why he posted this stuff to begin with? Dude has some mental issues, to be sure.

    February 26, 2014 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  20. Fair is Fair

    Lynda/Minnesota

    "Wolf, a radiologist, issued a statement Sunday admitting he made "insensitive" comments about X-ray images he posted online, including an image of a person decapitated by gunfire."

    Did he ever explain why he posted this stuff to begin with? Dude has some mental issues, to be sure.
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    An understatement if I've ever heard one.

    February 26, 2014 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    jboh

    What does ACA, Iraq, ect have to do with violating patient confidentiality? TEA/GOP wingnuts would vote for Stalin/Putin if he started his speech with praise Jesus, and ended with hate President Obama.
    ----------------------
    It's the old "bait and switch". Change the subject from one you know that you'll lose, to a subject that you feel that you can win on, which diverts attention away from potentially guilty conservative. Takes you off the defensive, and back on the offensive. There's an old saying in politics. "If you're playing defense, then that means you're losing."

    February 26, 2014 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  22. Ol' Yeller

    @Lynda-
    In his statement Sunday, Wolf put the blame on Roberts, accusing his "political adversary" for bringing the images to the public. But he went on to say that "my mistakes are my own, and I take full responsibility for them."

    Typical republicant explanation...' It is the Democrat's fault!, they did it. Obama is a Muslim' (handler whispers in ear)
    Oh yeah, I take full responsibilty mumble, mumble...
    Then they say, "I will fully cooperate with any 'appropriate' investigation"
    Then they hire a very expensive Attroney (on the taxpayer dime, of course) and they attempt to thwart any and all inquiries into any malfeance.
    This is a tried and true method used by republicant politicians which date back to their earliest caveman origins (aka- nixon).

    February 26, 2014 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  23. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    HILARIOUS watching the Guns Over People tea potty wingnuts unravel as they walk the plank toward another November.

    February 26, 2014 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  24. Chris-E...al

    I think it will take G0D to fix to fix this mess . We have got our self into . I hope that dont offend anyone . thx

    February 26, 2014 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |