WICHITA, Kansas – The man challenging incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts in the August Republican primary sees an opportunity in light of the upset defeat of one of the ranking members of Congress.
Rep. Eric Cantor, the House majority leader of Virginia, was soundly defeated in a primary Tuesday by Dave Brat, who was supported by the Tea Party. Dr. Milton Wolf, who is also backed by the Tea Party in his Kansas campaign against Roberts, says Brat’s victory is indicative of an anti-incumbent electorate that he is hoping will lead him to victory over Roberts.
“We’re seeing that across the country, and we’ll definitely see that in Kansas,” Wolf said. “You know, people are tired of what’s going on in Washington. We’re not fools, and Washington plays us for fools.”
Like Brat, Wolf is facing a funding disadvantage, although the 8-to-1 deficit Wolf has is far less than Brat’s 26-to-1 disparity, and Wolf is attempting to drum up support from the grassroots. But the Roberts camp says the similarities end there.
“Only in Milton Wolf’s twisted dreams is there any connection between Virginia’s seventh congressional district and the senate race in Kansas,” Leroy Towns, a Roberts campaign spokesman said in a statement to KSN. “In Kansas, the Republican party is made up of conservatives who sometime ago adopted the principles advocated by the Tea Party. They are squarely behind Pat.”