State board investigating Wolf’s posting of X-rays ; Senate candidate under scrutiny for images, comments
|By Tim Carpenter; Tim Carpenter [email protected]|
Existence of the controversial Internet posts was revealed in February by The Topeka Capital-Journal.
Confirmation of an official state examination emerged in the final stretch before the
An attorney with the
Initial stages of board investigations are confidential, but this review was divulged in a letter requesting The Capital-Journal share with the state agency Wolf's images and remarks posted to Facebook. The newspaper had printed excerpts of Wolf's Facebook comments, but chose not to publish graphic images.
The Capital-Journal reported Wolf matched gruesome X-rays with unflattering remarks on a Facebook page apparently taken down before announcing his
Several X-rays depicting the grim reality of gun violence served as a Facebook backdrop to mocking one-liners by Wolf and his friends. Wolf wrote in one post the X-ray of a person killed by gunfire looked like a character in a "Terminator" film and was a reminder people "find beauty in different things."
When questioned by the newspaper, Wolf confirmed he was responsible for the Facebook entries and apologized.
It isn't clear whether Wolf has cooperated with
Wolf is conducting a tea-party inspired campaign to oust Roberts. The central argument by Wolf is the incumbent is too cozy with political insiders in
Wolf's campaign, which is in the midst of a "Save the Republic" bus tour that reached
"Any investigation into these politically motivated charges will result in a finding that Dr. Wolf never violated patient privacy and that he remains a doctor in good standing," said campaign manager
Hartman said Wolf was aware of "numerous false allegations made by Senator Roberts' campaign and their allies that Dr. Wolf released private patient information."
He also asserted
Hodgdon said in an interview she recused herself from any involvement in potential complaints about Wolf.
"I am not aware of any investigations concerning Dr. Wolf," she said.
Members of the
A disciplinary panel, which operates as a subcommittee of the board, takes up the review. This would be the first time any board member becomes aware of specific complaints. If the panel finds compelling evidence to support claims of a violation, a formal petition could be filed against a health care provider. That petition would be the subject of final action by the board.
"If a board member knows about a situation or has connection to a licensee or a situation, they would recuse themself," Lippert said. "There have been situations in the past where more than one board member recused himself."
Roberts' campaign has concentrated during much of the 2014 primary on Wolf's X-ray posts as evidence the
"The fact that
Towns said questions about Wolf's conduct remained unanswered "and it is important to note he has used multiple excuses for his activities."
"That is not acceptable behavior for someone who wants to represent
Political scientists at
"It's a negative impact on Wolf," said
Beatty said Roberts, who is seeking a fourth term in the
FHSU professor Chapman Rackaway said Wolf would have preferred to avoid confirmation the
Rackaway, who was interviewed before the accusation, correctly predicted the Wolf campaign would accuse Roberts' political allies for engaging a character attack.
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