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Kobach announces candidacy for Kansas secretary of state office

May 26, 2009, 11:33 a.m. Updated May 26, 2009, 5:15 p.m.

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A former Kansas Republican Party chairman has announced his candidacy for secretary of state in 2010.

Kris Kobach, 43, a law professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, is a former White House fellow and advised former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft on immigration issues.

He is pointing to his experience in the Department of Justice as he calls voter fraud “a very real problem in Kansas.”

“We must enact a statute requiring photo identification to vote,” Kobach said in a campaign statement. “But that is only the first step. Our voter rolls must be purged of thousands of deceased individuals, illegally registered aliens and felons. And regulations must be promulgated to ensure honest elections and recounts.”

Kobach, a Piper resident, served a two-year term as GOP chairman until February. He is announcing his candidacy at events across the state this week.

Current Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh is in his fourth term, and he is seeking the GOP’s nomination for governor in 2010. If Thornburgh stays in the governor’s race, Kobach’s main competition for the nomination appears to be J.R. Claeys, a Salina businessman who is also a certified international elections observer.

According to campaign finance reports filed in January, Claeys, a Republican, had $213,000 cash on hand in his campaign fund, and Kobach had $60,000.

State Sen. David Haley, of Kansas City, Kan., has filed paperwork to raise money for the Democratic nomination for secretary of state.

Comments

KansasVoter 5 years, 7 months ago

Kobach is a complete joke and a filthy racist, too. I'd like for him to provide at least one example of voter fraud in Kansas....but I won't hold my breath, since there hasn't been any voter fraud.

BigDog 5 years, 7 months ago

KansasVoter,

I am not a big fan of Kris Kobach either, he further divided the Republican Party when he was state party chair..... While you are wanting examples of voter fraud, I would like examples of him being a racist. It is pretty big accusation to make toward someone without specific examples.

feeble 5 years, 7 months ago

BigDog, I imagine those charges can be traced back FAIR (Federation for American Immigration Reform). Kobach was employed by and accepted previous campaign donations from FAIR. The Southern Poverty Law Center identified FAIR as a hate group back in 2007: http://www.splcenter.org/blog/2007/12/11/fair-crossing-the-rubicon-of-hate/

I believe there was also a dust up in 2004 when Kobach took money from a former Pat Buchanan aide with ties to white nationalist organizations.

ilovelucy 5 years, 7 months ago

I was really hoping that we wouldn't hear anything more from this buffoon. No such luck.....

Steve Jacob 5 years, 7 months ago

Another reason why I am changing parties to vote in the Republican primary. Vote against Brownback, Kobach and Tiahrt.

BigDog 5 years, 7 months ago

Kobach will face opposition in the Republican primary from what appears to be a highly qualified challenger.

feeble 5 years, 7 months ago

This will be interesting. The Kansas GOP has both Southern Republican/conservative and Midwest Republican/moderate elements. This primary season should tell us a lot about the national direction of the GOP.

KU_cynic 5 years, 7 months ago

I have never had a campaign sign in my yard before, but this election season I will have a Kobach sign -- one with a big universally recognized closed red circle meaning "NO!" over his name. Unfortunately, I don't expect it to last long....

Orwell 5 years, 7 months ago

Absolutely – Kobach's the epitome of Republican extremism, aiming to gain power by inciting fear. There may be "thousands" when you lump the dead and the felons (both of whom might have trouble getting out to vote) together with the rare registered illegal immigrant; I'd love to see his evidence of actual significant voter fraud at the polls.

The silver lining (if any) is that Kansas produces few elections close enough that the national GOP's anti-voting tactics would make much difference. This is, though, a lot like a career criminal running for attorney general.

password 5 years, 7 months ago

don't they refer to him as the kansas jackass or the grandmaster douchebag in DC? i read that somewhere.

Steve Jacob 5 years, 7 months ago

Kris Kobach helped Dennis Moore a lot. Moore's first three elections where close, the Kobach, after getting the republican nomination in 2004, did not even bother moving toward the middle and got smacked 55%-43%. From that point on Dennis Moore became unbeatable.

texburgh 5 years, 7 months ago

This is great! Let's get a racist xenophile to oversee our elections. Then we can keep those darn Mexicans and non-whites from voting! Why, maybe we can return to the days of poll tests! Maybe he can get Kay O'Connor on his staff and we can stop women from voting, too! The pride of the Republican party!

texburgh 5 years, 7 months ago

This is great! Let's get a racist xenophobe to oversee our elections. Then we can keep those darn Mexicans and non-whites from voting! Why, maybe we can return to the days of poll tests! Maybe he can get Kay O'Connor on his staff and we can stop women from voting, too! The pride of the Republican party!

clyde_never_barks 5 years, 7 months ago

Tex - Good memory on the Kay O'Connor "women shouldn't vote" line. That's been a while.

BigDog 5 years, 7 months ago

If Democrats want to have a chance they have to hope that Kobach wins. Well that and that they can find a better candidate than David Haley. It is not good to have you candidate for Secretary of State who can't turn in his own campaign reports on time.

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