Doctors running for office can typically count on the endorsement of at least one group—their professional organization. Not so this year for Republican radiologists.
While the American College of Radiology Association PAC is spending more than $230,000 on printed material for mailings in the Tennessee and Kansas Republican primary races, the group is doing it to help Sens. Lamar Alexander and Pat Roberts beat back challenges from radiologists, PAC Director Ted Burnes told National Journal.
Why? Because both Alexander and Roberts serve on the Senate's Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, the panel with jurisdiction over issues important to the radiology industry.
"Roberts and Lamar are kind of big deals," Burnes said. "One is potentially chair of [the committee] if the Senate flips, and Lamar has already been really good on radiology issues."
Roberts is in a competitive primary race against radiologist Milton Wolf, a tea-party candidate who's under scrutiny from the state's medical board for posting private photos of patients' X-rays on Facebook. In Tennessee, Alexander is up against a handful of distant challengers, including radiologist George Flinn, who won the PAC's support in a 2012 race against Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen.