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Obama’s cousin challenging longtime GOP senator, visiting Ottawa Monday

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 1/8/2014

Franklin County residents will have the opportunity to meet Kansas physician, political conservative and U.S. Senate candidate Milton Wolf Monday night in Ottawa.

Dr. Wolf, who plans to challenge longtime incumbent U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., in the Aug. 5 GOP primary, is slated to be the guest speaker at the Franklin County Republican Central Committee’s meeting 7 p.m. Monday at the Church of the Nazarene, Seventh and South Elm streets, Ottawa. Wolf’s presentation is open to the public.

Franklin County residents will have the opportunity to meet Kansas physician, political conservative and U.S. Senate candidate Milton Wolf Monday night in Ottawa.

Dr. Wolf, who plans to challenge longtime incumbent U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., in the Aug. 5 GOP primary, is slated to be the guest speaker at the Franklin County Republican Central Committee’s meeting 7 p.m. Monday at the Church of the Nazarene, Seventh and South Elm streets, Ottawa. Wolf’s presentation is open to the public.

Following a brief central committee business meeting, Wolf plans to address the committee and members of the public, Bob Fluke, central committee chairman, said. Fluke said he is hopeful Wolf will have the opportunity to field questions from the audience following his presentation, time permitting.

Wolf was born and raised in Lyons, a small farming community in central Kansas. He graduated from the University of Kansas and attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He currently practices diagnostic radiology in the Kansas City area, according to his website, www.miltonwolf.com

Wolf has been an outspoken critic of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, from the very beginning, he said. In his book, “First Do No Harm: The President’s Cousin Explains Why His Hippocratic Oath Requires Him to Oppose Obamacare,” Wolf discussed the “horrors” of the president’s healthcare overhaul and provided free-market healthcare reforms that put patients first rather than politicians, according to his website.

Wolf is President Obama’s second cousin, once removed, and has never met the president, according to media reports.

The doctor has appeared on news shows including “Fox and Friends” and “Hannity”. Wolf currently writes a conservative column for The Washington Times.

Regarding his bid to unseat Roberts, who was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996, Wolf said he rejects the idea of career politicians and shares “our Founding Fathers’ vision of a citizen legislature where Americans bring their experiences, serve for a short time and then return home to live under the laws they helped create,” according to his website.

Wolf — who said he is a doctor, not a politician — has never run for political office, according to his website. He and his wife, Karrie, have been married for 20 years and have two children. More information about Wolf and his thoughts on political issues can be found on his website.

Fluke, central committee chairman, said he is hopeful for a good turnout Monday evening.

“We want to encourage the public to attend,” Fluke said. “I think the more informed we can be, the better decisions we make [at the polls].”

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