HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Milton Wolf rattles off Kansas Republicans Sen. Pat Roberts’ 2012 conservative group scorecard figures like a guy who plays the same lotto numbers each week.
“Club for Growth 55, FreedomWorks 54, Heritage Action 65,” says Wolf, reciting Roberts’ grades, listed on a 100 point scale, during an interview with The Daily Caller News Foundation before a tea party event in Hutchinson, Kan.
Wolf is challenging Roberts in the Republican primary.
The 42 year-old diagnostic radiologist, who has made a name for himself as a distant cousin of President Obama, compares those stats to Roberts’ 2013 scorecards, which skyrocketed into the 90s.
“In 2013, he started acting like a conservative again because I was coming after him,” said Wolf on the stump at the tea party event, which was attended by around 200 people from a central Kansas community about 50 miles north of Wichita.
By calling into question Roberts’ conservative credentials, Wolf is employing perhaps the only viable strategy against the 77-year-old incumbent, who has accumulated many political assets during his 33 years in Congress — 16 in the House and 17 in the Senate.
Like many tea party candidates this year, Wolf faces long odds.
According to the most recent Federal Election Commission filings, Wolf has around $180,000 in cash on hand — $30,000 of which came from a personal loan from the candidate himself — compared to Roberts’ $2.25 million.
That gap likely increased on the night of the tea party event, which was being hosted by a group called the Patriot Freedom Alliance. As Wolf pointed out to the crowd, which was filled mostly with veterans, farmers, and their wives, Roberts was in Washington D.C. at a $2,000 per lobbyist wine-tasting event.
“I can tell you I won’t be hanging out at those,” Wolf said during his hour long presentation.