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Ryun voices support for Wolf bid

By The Herald Staff | 1/29/2014

WASHINGTON — A former Kansas lawmaker has hit the airwaves in support of a conservative candidate challenging veteran GOP legislator Pat Roberts.

Jim Ryun, a famed American athlete and U.S. representative for Kansas’ 2nd District from 1996 to 2007, is lending his voice to radio spots now airing in select markets in support of Milton Wolf, a Kansas City-area radiologist who says he’s a cousin of President Obama. Wolf is challenging Ryun’s former Kansas delegation colleague Roberts in the Republican primary for a U.S. Senate seat, which Roberts has held since 1997.

WASHINGTON — A former Kansas lawmaker has hit the airwaves in support of a conservative candidate challenging veteran GOP legislator Pat Roberts.

Jim Ryun, a famed American athlete and U.S. representative for Kansas’ 2nd District from 1996 to 2007, is lending his voice to radio spots now airing in select markets in support of Milton Wolf, a Kansas City-area radiologist who says he’s a cousin of President Obama. Wolf is challenging Ryun’s former Kansas delegation colleague Roberts in the Republican primary for a U.S. Senate seat, which Roberts has held since 1997.

“The reason is simple,” Ryun says in the radio ad. “Kansans deserve a vote and a voice from their senator. Milton Wolf is a doctor, not a politician, and they’re already calling him the next Ted Cruz.

“You wanna drive President Obama crazy? Send Dr. Milton Wolf to the U.S. Senate”

During a Jan. 13 visit to Ottawa, Wolf said he respected Roberts, but disagreed with the longtime legislator on some issues. The “Constitutional conservative” also said Roberts’ 47 years of service is long enough as a Washington politician.

“That’s longer than I’ve been alive,” he said. “I’d like to give Sen. Roberts the retirement I think he has earned.”

Ryun, who was defeated by Republican U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkin’s predecessor Democrat Nancy Boyda, now chairs the Madison Project, which is billed as an “influential grassroots group focused on helping to raise money for conservative candidates.” The Madison Project announced it’s endorsement of Wolf in December.

“ ... Republicans have failed to learn the lessons of the past,” Ryun said in Decmeber when announcing the Madison Project’s endorsement against his former colleague Roberts. “ ... I wish I had served alongside more members with the moral clarity and intellectual honesty of Milton Wolf. He understands that 21st century conservatives need to give voice to our Founding values in the halls of Congress, and on Main Street.”

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