Monday, December 22, 2014

Wolf howls at Roberts’ DC ties

By DYLAN LYSEN, Herald Staff Writer | 8/1/2014

Nearly half of a century in Washington D.C. is too long for any politician, Milton Wolf, conservative U.S. Senate candidate, told a crowd of about 20 residents during a stop this week on his statewide bus tour at City Park, Fifth and Main streets, Ottawa.

“[Pat] Roberts has been in Washington for 47 years, and I don’t think anybody should be in Washington for 47 years,” Wolf said. “God expected Moses to get things sorted out in 40.”

Nearly half of a century in Washington D.C. is too long for any politician, Milton Wolf, conservative U.S. Senate candidate, told a crowd of about 20 residents during a stop this week on his statewide bus tour at City Park, Fifth and Main streets, Ottawa.

“[Pat] Roberts has been in Washington for 47 years, and I don’t think anybody should be in Washington for 47 years,” Wolf said. “God expected Moses to get things sorted out in 40.”

Wolf, a Kansas City-area radiologist, is challenging incumbent U.S. Sen. Roberts, who is seeking his fourth six-year term in the position, in Tuesday’s Republican primary. While Roberts has repeatedly refused to debate his challenger, Wolf made it clear he wouldn’t take no for an answer when he appeared at Roberts’ Wednesday visit to Emporia, and challenged him to a debate face to face, according to media reports.

“You’ve told Kansans — you’ve given your word — you’d give a debate. You’ve said it multiple times at multiple places. You tell us that you’re tough and tested and trusted,” Wolf told Roberts as the group watched, according to the Associated Press. “And I want you to keep your word. I want you to debate.”

Roberts still wasn’t interested and told Wolf his actions were “not the way to conduct” himself.

But Wolf isn’t about to give up that easy. When he visited Ottawa this week as a guest of Bob Fluke, a candidate for Kansas House District 59 who received Wolf’s endorsement, the Tea Party conservative explained his differences with Roberts and his long tenure in Washington.

“I’m not a politician. I’m actually a medical doctor,” Wolf said. “I voted for Pat Roberts. In fact, I’ve voted for him for as long as I can remember, and I think that might be part of the problem.”

Wolf’s medical experience has become a campaign chip for Roberts, though, as the incumbent’s campaign often has pointed to media reports that the Kansas Boards of Healing Arts is investigating Wolf for posting X-ray images of victims of gunfire and providing gallows-humor commentary on each one. Roberts said Wolf’s actions are dangerous and unfit for the U.S. Senate.

“In the unlikely event Wolf would become the Republican nominee, he would enter a general election seriously damaged as a candidate,” a news release from Roberts said. “For Kansas Republicans, it is important that Wolf deal with those ethics charges in coming months as a private citizen, not as the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate.”

As Roberts tries to derail Wolf’s campaign by claiming he’s unfit for office, Wolf reiterated to the Ottawa crowd his credentials as a pro-life, pro-gun, and a constitutional conservative Republican, among other Tea Party values.

“At some point, we need to stand up and fight for our values,” Wolf said. “I think we need more senators like Ted Cruz [R-Texas], Mike Lee [R-Utah], and Rand Paul [R-Kentucky].”

Roberts is focusing on Kansas energy, aviation and farming, for which he received an endorsement from Kansas Livestock Association, according to his campaign website.

“Pat Roberts has been an outstanding senator and a dependable and steady voice for Kansas agriculture,” Dee Likes, Kansas Livestock Association chief executive officer, said. “He is widely respected for his expertise in ag policy. Part of that is due to his own knowledge and experience, but it also comes from the regular input he seeks from Kansas farmers and ranchers. Pat is widely respected and influential in Washington, and Kansans are fortunate to have him working for us. [The Kansas Livestock Association] is pleased to give our strongest endorsement for his re-election.”

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DEMOCRATS

While the Republican candidates didn’t visit Ottawa’s July 22 candidate forum, Democrats Chad Taylor, Shawnee County district attorney, Topeka, and Patrick Wiesner, a tax attorney and former U.S. Army lawyer, Lawrence, spoke to the crowd of Franklin County voters.

For both candidates, the largest issue in Washington today is government spending and changing the tax code. Wiesner said he wants to create a budget based on two strong Kansas values: providing help for those who are dependent on government for food and shelter and not rely on having the next generation pay for the current government spending.

Taylor said he offers a moderate choice for the election who will say, “If you want to spend a dollar, you have to identify where it’s coming from,” he said.

Addressing one of the largest issues facing the U.S. Congress, Wiesner said the nation can find a way to create a new, legal way to allow foreign citizens to immigrate to the United States.

“We need to make sure those children coming here are fed and kept safe while they await their return to their home country,” Wiesner said. “I believe we can set up special prepossessing centers in Northern Mexico where we can invite them who are here illegally who can go back and process through accordance to U.S. law, and once they have done that we can welcome them back in our country.”

The current immigrations process for people coming from Central and South America is a “bureaucratic mess,” Taylor said. The mess is so bad people who are trying to get in legally are waiting for years to finally make it to U.S. soil, he said.

“We have to get real about this issue. We have to get an immigration policy. We have to get real on how we are going to treat and deal with this situation,” Taylor said. “Individuals who try to immigrate into the United States sometimes wait months and months and months and into years waiting to work through the morass of the bureaucracy to get from point A to point B. We have to clearly define what that pathway is going to look like.”

Resurrecting the public’s faith in Congress, which many deem broken, begins with being honest, Taylor said.

“You have to go to Washington with a purpose and intent, and when it’s time it’s time to go home and live under the laws that you have passed,” Taylor said, mentioning he would only stay in Washington D.C. for two terms. “We have allowed for special interests to buy and sell our future and the course our country is going to take. And I think it’s abominable.”

Wiesner agreed that special interest groups have tainted the policy-making process. He said incumbent politicians receiving donations from special interests groups do not serve the public at large, but rather small groups of people.

“This process I believe is bribery, and I intend to stop it,” Wiesner said.

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REPUBLICANS

Lynn Jenkins has focused most of her campaign efforts on Democratic challenger Margie Wakefield, a Lawrence attorney — a fight that won’t come to fruition until November, but only assuming the incumbent defeats her in-party competitor — Joshua Tucker.

Tucker, Pittsburg, loves the U.S. Constitution and he is not shy about it. Referring to special interest groups who try to sway politicians, Tucker said the Constitution was the only special interest he has.

“The reason I am running is because I believe the Constitution is important,” Tucker said at the forum. “In fact, the Constitution is my special interest, that’s my slogan.”

Jenkins’ vote during the governmental shutdown that raised the debt ceiling was a vote to fund the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, Tucker said.

“The debt spending currently is astronomical,” Tucker said. “The debt spending today is a tax on our kids tomorrow. ... Jenkins voted to fund Obamacare and to increase the debt ceiling and we need to stop that kind of thing if we’re going to have a country left.”

Despite Tucker’s criticisms of the incumbent Republican representative, Jenkins won the endorsement of a GOP national powerhouse and former vice presidential nominee, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin.

“Lynn and I are working closely to reform our broken tax code and balance our budget,” Ryan said in a news release from Lynn Jenkins. “We’ve got a lot more to do, and that’s why we need a conservative leader like Lynn Jenkins.

“In a time when not much good happens in Washington, Lynn Jenkins gets things done.”

Jenkins announced in the release that she and Ryan are working to fixing “the broken” tax code, an effort that has become a staple of Jenkins’ tenure.

“As a [Certified Public Accountant] with nearly 20 years of the private sector experience, I am committed to working with Congressman Ryan to overhaul a tax code that picks winner and losers and is riddled with loopholes for special interests,” she said.

Tucker believes the country needs to “get tough” on immigration, he said, and the government needs to secure the country’s borders.

“In the [19]50s, Dwight Eisenhower got tough on immigration and he discouraged a lot of immigrants from coming forward and crossing the border and a lot of them went back on their own and the ones that didn’t were sent home,” Tucker said. “If we had a policy like that ... they may try to do it the legal way. If they did it the legal way in the first place, that would show me that they have enough respect for our laws and that they would follow our laws when they got here.”

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