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Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Milton Wolf, who is hoping to unseat Sen. Pat Roberts in a Kansas primary, was criticized Sunday for making jokes online about gory X-ray images of gunshot victims and other patients on his Facebook page.

Wolf, a radiologist who has characterized Roberts as being out of touch with the state, had been making headway against the three-term incumbent. But his campaign found itself in the midst of an uproar after the Topeka Capital-Journal posted video of an interview with Wolf about his decision earlier in his career to engage in a running commentary about images of his patients and other victims.

In one exchange, he joked that he wanted to know where to buy a gun that so effectively blew off a person’s head; in another, he wrote that it did not matter how a victim’s body was positioned because “it’s not like the patient’s going to complain.”

In the interview with the Capital-Journal, Wolf offered a few explanations for posting the graphic images, saying at one point, “It is an educational thing for people to see these consequences,” and at another, “It is no joke taking care of patients.” National Republican Senatorial Committee communications director Brad Dayspring tweeted Sunday, “When a candidate posts & mocks pictures of the dead on Facebook, that’s an issue – of character, judgement, & stability.” The Senate Conservatives Fund, which has backed Wolf, had tweeted earlier, “The NRSC can’t compete on the issues so they have to attack the character of conservatives.”