Reaction to The Capital-Journal story chronicling Wolf's involvement with the graphic images and macabre jokes was swift, bipartisan and uncomplimentary. The newspaper published excerpts of Facebook exchanges involving Wolf and others regarding the X-rays, but chose not to publish in the newspaper or online gruesome images accompanying Wolf's commentary.
"It raises serious questions about a person's character, their ethics, their judgment and their stability," said Brad Dayspring, a spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
Dayspring said Wolf's contention the X-rays were made public on Facebook for educational purposes didn't make sense given Wolf shuttered the site prior to opening his Senate campaign. If the material had educational value, Dayspring said, Wolf logically would have continued to contribute similar images to Facebook.
The NRSC has endorsed Roberts, and is currently chaired by U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan.
The Senate Conservatives Fund, which in December endorsed Wolf as the "principled conservative" in the August primary race against Roberts, offered a defense of Wolf framed as an attack on the three-term Senate incumbent. The organization's contribution to Twitter: "Pat Roberts is trying to smear Dr. Wolf because Roberts doesn't live in Kansas anymore and lied to voters about it for years."
In recent weeks, the Wolf campaign raised questions about the frequency Roberts returned to his Kansas residence in Dodge City. Wolf repeatedly questioned Roberts' residency status and referred to him as a U.S. senator from Virginia.