Monday, October 14, 2013

Tea Party activist Wolf says Roberts too late in calling for Sebelius to resign

By SCOTT ROTHSCHILD, The Lawrence Journal-World

The campaign of Dr. Milton Wolf, the Tea Party activist challenging U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., says Roberts' call for the resignation of U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was "too little, too late."

Wolf's campaign said Roberts should apologize for voting to confirm Sebelius as President Barack Obama's secretary of Health and Human Services. Sebelius, a former Kansas governor, is implementing the Affordable Care Act.

"With her help, President Obama and the democrats rammed through the most disastrous legislation in recent history. Senator Roberts owes every American an apology," Wolf's campaign said.

Wolf, a radiologist from Leawood, announced his candidacy in the 2014 Republican Party primary last week. Just days later, Roberts issued a news release, saying that Sebelius, a former Kansas governor, should resign for "gross incompetence" because of glitches in the rollout of the federal online health insurance marketplace under the ACA.

The federal website for the health insurance marketplaces has been plagued with technical problems that have prevented many from enrolling.

Sebelius has acknowledged problems and said technicians were trying to expand the site's capacity. The website became operational Oct. 1.

Meanwhile, the Roberts campaign issued a statement saying that it ended the quarter Sept. 30 with $1.8 million cash on hand for the campaign, and touted Roberts' ranking as the fifth most conservative senator, according to Heritage Action.

"Kansans know that Pat is the tough, tested and trusted conservative in this race," said Dave Murfin, of Wichita, and Statewide Co-chair of Roberts for Senate.