They say blood is thicker than water, but not when it comes to the game of politics.
Earlier this week, Dr. Milton Wolf, a radiologist from Leawood, Kansas, announced that he would be challenging current U.S. Senator, Republican Pat Roberts. Milton is a known Tea Party activist who has frequent Rush Limbaugh's show. Roberts is known as one of the more conservative members of Congress, but as the Republican party continues its shift to the political right, even more conservative politicians are being propped up. While this doesn't seem like a major story, it does stand out in one way: Dr. Milton Wolf is a distant cousin of the one man who the Tea Party hates more than anyone, President Barack Obama.
Wolf will attempt to unseat the veteran 77 year old Roberts who is expected to be well financed. Robert started in Congress in the House of Representatives in 1981 and has been serving in the Senate since 1997. Wolf points to Robert's voting record where he has voted 11 times to raise the debt ceiling and his longevity in Congress that he attempts to turn into a negative.
"I'm sorry, not even Moses should be in Congress for four decades...We need more senators like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Mike Lee."
Getting on the good side of Tea Party favorites such as Cruz and Paul should only help Wolf and his chances during the primary, but would hurt him in a general election. Even Fox News' Megyn Kelly described Ted Cruz as "the most hated man in America." Traditional, more main stream Republicans have tried to distant themselves from the Tea Party as their extreme rhetoric and policies have hurt the general image of the GOP. According to a recent poll from Gallup, the Republican party now holds an approval rating of just 28 percent, the lowest for either party since Gallup starting asking the question in 1991.
Being a relative of President Obama might seem like a major negative when it comes to running as a member of the Tea Party, but Wolf has gone in another direction. Attempting to add humor to his assault on his distant cousin, Wolf had some unflattering remarks about the president.
"If I had a cousin that doesn't trust law-abiding Americans to arm themselves and yet arms the Muslim Brotherhood with fighter jets and Mexican drug lords with fast and furious guns, he'd look like Barack."
Knowing he will have an up hill battle to climb to defeat the well funded Roberts, Wolf stood with a few hundred supporters and shouted with confidence. "We are building the Wolf Pack," Wolf cried, "an Army of Davids to defeat the Goliaths!" If Wolf does get by Roberts, it would be interesting to see how he would interact with his cousin, otherwise known as the President of the United States.