By John Celock
President Barack Obama’s Tea Party cousin is accusing the president of trying to make the Republican Party “extinct” by bringing undocumented immigrants to the United States.
Milton Wolf, a physician who is challenging U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) in Kansas’ August GOP primary, made the claim during an interview Thursday morning on the “Joseph Ashby Show” on KQAM radio in Wichita. Wolf made the statement after accusing Obama of creating an immigration crisis.
They know that 80 percent of people who comes into this country illegally will vote Democrat,” Wolf said. “They are doing this to make extinct the Republican Party.”
Wolf said he would oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants and would instead seek to promote legal immigration. He said he wants to focus on border security issues and said that he would work to send more border agents to the Mexican border.
“This is a crisis created by Barack Obama. The lawlessness of this president is staggering,” Wolf said of immigration. “We need to protect the people. We need to physically secure the border. They are sending these refugees into our country. It is not compassionate to bring people into this country in a lawless manner.”
Wolf compared himself to Mississippi Senate candidate Chris McDaniel and Virginia congressional candidate David Brat, both Tea Party favorites, in saying why he can defeat Roberts. McDaniel is currently locked in a GOP primary runoff with U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, while Brat defeated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a GOP primary last week in the Richmond-area district. Wolf said the same factors at play in Mississippi and Virginia are at play in Kansas this year.
“Something big is happening in Kansas. It is not hard to speak from the heart.. America is in trouble,” Wolf said. “We have a president who believes himself to be a dictator. We have a Congress that has abdicated its authority to stand up to him.”
State Rep. J.R. Claeys (R-Salina), a Roberts supporter, told The Celock Report that he does not see the same forces at play in the Kansas race that have been seen in Mississippi and Virginia. He noted that Roberts has worked hard in the state and has assembled a political operation that Claeys does not see Wolf having.
“I don’t see that. Roberts has done well for his constituency,” Claeys said. “You don’t see a lifer who is disconnected. He is not chasing leadership. That is not happening here.”
Wolf focused much of the interview on foreign policy, immigration, tax and agriculture issues. He attacked Obama and past presidents for what he called “unconstitutional” military actions ranging from the Vietnam War to conflicts in Iraq.
He accused Obama of creating the current crisis in Iraq, saying that the president “cut and run” from Iraq instead of providing ongoing protection for American interests there. Wolf said that former President George W. Bush had promised Iraqis a new society and that it was up to Americans to protect that promise.
Wolf called the IRS “a clear and present danger to all Americans” noting the accusations that the tax agency targeted conservative groups with audits. He accused Obama of sending the IRS after him after he spoke out against Obamacare.
Wolf also zeroed in on agriculture issues saying he wants to take “waste” out of the farm bill. A resident of the Kansas City suburbs, Wolf talked up his childhood in largely rural Rice County, noting that he was the county’s cow milking champion in 1986. He said that he wants to treat farmers “like a farmer not like an agent of the government.” He also stressed that he does not want the federal government involved in the prairie chicken issue in Kansas.
Roberts has been a central player in federal agriculture policy during his time in Washington. He served as chairman of the House Agriculture Committee for two years in the 1990s and is currently the top Republican on the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee. He is in line to chair the Senate agriculture panel if the GOP regains control of the Senate.
The largely positive interview steered clear of controversies engulfing the Wolf campaign that he posted x-rays of deceased gunshot victims on Facebook. Wolf has said in the past he made the posts as part of an educational program and did not identify the patients.
Wolf briefly touched on the accusations that Roberts does not live in the state, raised in a New York Times story earlier this year. He stressed that is not his only issue. Roberts supporters have opposed the claim that Roberts does not live in Kansas, telling The Celock Report earlier this year that he is regular presence around the state. The state objections board has ruled that Roberts is a Kansas resident.
Roberts and his supporters have been touting his record in Congress and his opposition to Obama on a number of issues, along with noting that he is a conservative.
Claeys said that he believes that Roberts is the frontrunner, noting his campaign operation and the work Roberts has done for the state. He also said that Roberts’ base in the largely rural first congressional district, which contains most of the state’s landmass will carry huge sway in the GOP primary, compared with Wolf’s residency in suburban Johnson County.
“There is a big gap with where Wolf is with this campaign and where Roberts is. Voter contact is a big deal and I don’t see Wolf is there,” Claeys said. “I was out walking in Salina yesterday and we crossed paths with one Wolf sign.”
A Roberts spokesman declined to comment noting that he had not listened to the interview.
Wolf is Obama’s second cousin once removed. Obama’s mother, Ann Dunham, was born and raised in Wichita, as were her parents and grandparents.
While Wolf has made Roberts the focus, he said that it is not a personal campaign.
“Pat Roberts it’s nothing personal,” Wolf said. “He’s been in Washington for 47 years and he’s been ineffective.”