Obama's GOP relative to primary challenge Sen. Roberts
October 8th, 2013
08:30 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama's GOP relative to primary challenge Sen. Roberts

(CNN) – President Barack Obama’s second cousin (once removed) will challenge Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, for his seat in a GOP primary next year.

Republican Milton Wolf, a board-certified radiologist and conservative activist, announced his plans Tuesday night at an event in Overland Park, Kansas. His campaign marks his first attempt to run for public office.

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“I’m here today to fight for our Constitution and the divinely-inspired American idea of individual liberty, limited government and free enterprise,” he said, according to a news release announcing his campaign. “I’m here today to reclaim the American Dream for all Kansans and all Americans.”

While Wolf’s name has never appeared on a ballot, he has become known nationally as a staunch opponent against Obamacare and regularly contributes to right-leaning news outlets.

His mother was a first cousin of Obama’s maternal grandmother, he wrote on his website, and Wolf’s mother and Obama’s mother were childhood friends in Wichita, Kansas.

“I’m enormously proud that America has elected our first black president and I’m also enormously proud to call this president family," Wolf, 42, wrote. "Still, I have profound differences in opinion with Barack.”

Roberts won re-election in 2008 with 60% in the reliably red state. The incumbent senator has already begun preparing for his re-election bit to a fourth term, and he had $1.5 million in the bank as of June 30.

The senator is the latest Republican to get a primary challenger for the 2014 midterm elections. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Sen. Lamar Alexander or Tennessee, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming are among those who will face opponents in their respective GOP primaries.

Roberts' campaign pointed to the senator's credentials as a fiscal, anti-abortion conservative with an A rating from the National Rifle Association.

"Kansans know Senator Pat Roberts as a tough, tested and trusted conservative who works hard for Kansas," Leroy Towns, Robert's executive campaign manager, said in a statement, adding Wolf will "have many questions to answer regarding his position on major issues."

"Pat Roberts always welcomes the chance to discuss important issues we face and he takes every election seriously," he added.

Filed under: 2014 • Congress • Kansas • Pat Roberts
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    Good luck to you .

    Kansas will be a hard race to win.

    October 8, 2013 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  2. boungiorno

    isn't it a wonder

    October 8, 2013 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  3. Rusty Krus

    Time to send this crusty codger to the retirement home.

    October 8, 2013 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  4. S. B. Stein

    I worry when candidates invoke references to the Divine.

    October 8, 2013 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  5. jonathan blakeney

    Its stupid politics again! Now do you people finally see that the republicans are racist. They would rather see this country fall to pieces than see this black president lead the way. They dnt care if u have a job or not!

    October 8, 2013 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  6. Name Uche Agonsi

    I rather fight a fight that improves my honour. Milton Wolf itches to fight against his beloved family, against a popular NRA Senator, and remain a loyalist to the same unpopular NRA and Teatrolls who hate his cousin not for his ideas but for his colour. I hope he reaps the fruits of his ambition. Goodluck.

    October 8, 2013 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |