Milton Wolf is a distant relative of President Barack Obama — the president’s maternal great-great-grandfather is Wolf’s great-grandfather — but the two men could not be more different. Now Wolf, a radiologist and far-right Tea Party darling who seems to spend as much time writing op-eds blasting Obamacare and going on Fox News to lambaste the president as possible, is trying to put himself in a position to directly confront his second cousin (once removed).
And Wolf’s longshot Senate campaign to oust conservative but apparently not-conservative-enough Kansas Republican Pat Roberts just got a boost from the Senate Conservatives Fund, a group that throws cash behind the campaigns of ultra-conservative candidates.
Roberts himself is a party-line Republican whose votes have fallen into lockstep with his party about 90 percent of the time, the same rate as Oklahoma conservative James Inhofe. Roberts has served in the Senate since 1997.
So intense is Wolf’s personal dislike for his relative, the president, that he has even accused Obama of being willing to “dishonor is own departed mother,” by saying that her insurance was once nearly canceled.
A a candidate in 2008, Obama said that during her battle with cancer in 1995, his mother Ann Dunham had to “spend the last months of her life in the hospital room arguing with insurance companies because they’re saying that this may be a pre-existing condition and they don’t have to pay her treatment.”
Wolf (pictured) and other conservatives have called that claim a “lie” because Obama’s mother actually had insurance the whole time. But the issue seems like hairsplitting, since Obama said only that his mother was forced to argue with her insurer while dying of cancer, not that her insurance was canceled.
SCF Executive Director Matt Hoskins called Wolf, “a principled conservative who will fight to stop the massive spending, bailouts, and debt that are bankrupting our country.”
Roberts campaign has already accused Wolf of failing to file a required financial disclosure report, which was due within 30 days of filing his candidate’s papers. Wolf’s campaign says there is a 30-day “grace period” during which Wolf will disclose his finances.
Sources: Talking Points Memo, Huffington Post (2), Washington Times, Witchita Eagle