TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas physician trying to oust three-term Senator Pat Roberts in the Republican primary is apologizing for posting graphic images of gunshot victims on his Facebook page. Radiologist Milton Wolf said it was insensitive and inappropriate to have posted the X-ray images and macabre commentary on social media some years ago. The Topeka Capital-Journal said the X-rays came from various hospitals. In a statement, Wolf said he removed the images from his Facebook page years ago. He accused Roberts of trying to smear him. In response, Roberts's campaign said the news report of the incident "speaks for itself." Several tea party and conservative groups support Wolf. Roberts has won his past elections handily.
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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas radiologist who is seeking to unseat U.S. Senator Pat Roberts acknowledges making a mistake when he posted gruesome X-ray images of fatal gunshot wounds and medical injuries to his Facebook page years ago, but he blames Roberts for making them public. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports health professionals in Kansas and Missouri criticized Milton Wolf's postings and commentary on the social media site layered with macabre jokes and descriptions of carnage. Wolf, a Republican who has been endorsed by the tea party in his campaign against the longtime GOP incumbent, says he uploaded the images for educational purposes and to demonstrate the evil lurking in the world. Wolf is a distant cousin of President Barack Obama through Obama's Kansas native mother. Officials at Kansas City-area hospitals on both sides of the state line have called the postings inappropriate.