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Senate candidate posts X-ray photos of gunshot victims online

Dr. Milton Wolf, a U.S. Republican Senate candidate from Kansas, is under fire for posting to his Facebook page a collection of grisly "X-ray images of gunshot fatalities and medical injuries" he acquired as a radiologist and making "macabre jokes" about them online, the Topeka Capital Journal reports.

Wolf, a tea party activist and distant cousin to President Barack Obama, declined "to clearly answer questions about whether he continued to place images of deceased people on the Internet," and walked out of an interview with the newspaper.

“Do you still post images of dead people on the Internet?” a reporter for the paper asked Wolf.

"I'm not going to play these kinds of gotcha games," he responded before walking away.

Wolf, who is challenging three-term Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts in the GOP primary, had told the paper the images were "legally uploaded to public social media sites and other online venues for educational purposes" and used "to demonstrate evil lurking in the world."

But medical professionals told the paper the postings raise serious privacy issues.

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

A spokesman for Roberts' campaign called for an investigation into Wolf's actions.

“For any doctor to make patient records public and then use the records for public discussion and entertainment is just unthinkable,” Leroy Towns, Roberts' spokesman, said. “Allegations of such lack of judgment demand extensive scrutiny and investigation.”

On Saturday, Wolf released a lengthy statement addressing the images and accusing Roberts of "character assassination":

Wolf, author of a book entitled "First, Do No Harm: The President's Cousin Explains Why His Hippocratic Oath Requires Him to Oppose ObamaCare," has been outspoken in his views about his distant relative.

"If I had a cousin who intercepts every phone call in America but won't take a phone call from the Navy Seals in their hour of need, he'd look like Barack," Wolf said last year. "If I had a cousin that doesn't trust law-abiding Americans to arm themselves and yet arms the Muslim Brotherhood with fighter jets and Mexican drug lords with fast and furious guns, he'd look like Barack."