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Tea Party Challenger in Kansas Put X-Rays of Dead People on Facebook

To quote Erick Erickson — known egomaniac — from a past “Coffee and Markets” podcast,  “Tea Party candidate vetting sucks.”

(Ya think Erick?  Yet you still push these clowns for three cycles straight, don’t ya?)

Somehow this got missed during the questioning process after he answered “I will do whatever Jim DeMint tells me to…”

U.S. Senate candidate Milton Wolf posted a collection of gruesome X-ray images of gunshot fatalities and medical injuries to his Facebook page and participated in online commentary layered with macabre jokes and descriptions of  carnage.

Wolf, a Johnson County radiologist anchoring a campaign for the Republican nomination with calls for federal heath care reform, said in an interview the medical images were legally uploaded to public social media sites and other online venues for educational purposes. They also served, he said, to demonstrate evil lurking in the world.

However, Wolf and others viewing these Facebook postings relentlessly poked fun at the dead or wounded. The gunshot victim, Wolf joked online, wasn’t going to complain about the awkward positioning of his head for an X-ray. In a separate Facebook comment, Wolf wrote that an X-ray of a man decapitated by gunfire resembled a wounded alien in a “Terminator” film and that the image offered evidence people “find beauty in different things.”

Wolf declined in an interview with The Topeka Capital-Journal to clearly answer questions about whether he continued to place images of deceased people on the Internet. He asked to keep copies of the Facebook posts shown to him, but when denied, he walked away.

“I’m not going to play these kinds of gotcha games,” he said.

An array of professionals involved in medical ethics who viewed the images or were provided a description of the materials made public by Wolf condemned his airing of the information outside confines of a doctor-to-doctor consultation or for the purpose of formal medical research or textbook instruction.

“The dignity and privacy of the individual should be protected,” said John Carney, president of the Center for Practical Bioethics in Kansas City, Mo. “It doesn’t sound like they’re being protected if they’re, obviously, on Facebook.”

So let me get this right, the Tea Party groups (many of which are nothing more than multimillion dollar front groups when you really break them down) thinks someone like this would be a better option than Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS).

Roberts, by the way, is just shy of 80.  If these groups had a brain, they’d just wait for Roberts to either retire in six years or die in office (Last Democrat to win statewide in Kansas was Kathleen Sebelius, who’s a political legacy there…) than embarrass themselves, their groups, or the GOP in general.

Something tells me Dr. Wolf was a personal project of the Ryun Brothers, since it’s right in their backyard.  He’s not Matt Bevins in Kentucky, but he’s listed second on the Madison Project’s list of endorsements.

I realize I’m not making many friends in state Tea Party groups by going after Erickson, Senate Conservative Fund, and the Madison Project for the actions of the idiots they find to run for high office.  Frankly, I don’t care and if they want to have that debate with me in private, they have my email address.

But if someone doesn’t speak up and call them out for this crap, they’re going to continue to find these people and continue to cost the GOP chances at U.S. Senate seats. What many of these guys are doing doesn’t help conservatism, doesn’t help get ObamaCare repealed any faster, and sure as hell doesn’t end big government in Washington.

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