Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Wolf Taps Facebook to Aid GOP Primary Rival Roberts

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Wolf Taps Facebook to Aid GOP Primary Rival Roberts

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The Kansas tea party candidate who posted bizarre X-ray images to Facebook and nearly knocked off U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts in the August primary delivered a tepid endorsement Thursday of the three-term Republican engaged in a fierce struggle against independent Senate candidate Greg Orman.

Orman maintained a small lead over Roberts in recent polling, but Roberts has worked diligently to repair relations with disenchanted tea party regulars who sided with GOP candidate Milton Wolf in the primary. Roberts secured 48 percent of the primary vote, while Wolf pulled down 40.7 percent.

Wolf, whose campaign was rocked by disclosures he posted to Facebook X-rays of dead or injured people and contributed to jokes about those images, took to that same social media platform to urge Kansans to cast a vote Tuesday for Roberts.

"Whatever your opinion of Pat Roberts, his re-election to the United States Senate may be the deciding factor that dethrones Harry Reid and elevates solid constitutional conservatives like Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Rand Paul into positions of influence to save America from Barack Obama," Wolf said.

That trio of U.S. senators traveled to Kansas in October for the purpose of endorsing Roberts. Lee completed that trek Thursday with a campaign stop in Topeka.

"I urge all Kansans," Wolf said, "to set aside our differences and vote Republican in this critical Senate race. Be assured that if Pat Roberts is to be re-elected, I will do everything in my power to hold his feet to the fire."

Wolf, a Johnson County radiologist who had remained silent in the turbulent general election, had devoted his campaign to demonstrating Roberts' primary residence was in Virginia -- not Dodge City -- and that the senator had lost touch with Kansans after decades of service in Washington, D.C. Wolf attended the Orman- Roberts debate at the Kansas State Fair during September, but declined comment at that time. …

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