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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.

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BigDog 4 years, 11 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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Machiavelli_mania 4 years, 11 months ago

"Condidates" may well be a jungian slip. LOL.

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Machiavelli_mania 4 years, 11 months ago

I think the Religious Rite Kansas GOP are desperate for condidates if they allow KobachBoy to run. I think they are running very scared they will lose their hold on Kansas and be defeated by GOP moderates and the GOP Traditionals.

Kobach is the worst of the Kansas Religious Rite clowns. He will be defeated. And Kansas will finally be able to access decent elections.

Reminding you, an entire third of Kansas turned blue for the last election.

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Machiavelli_mania 4 years, 11 months ago

Oh gods, this is the last place I want this clown. I don't want him frilling with the voting issues.

Kobach is a liar, and flat out lies!!!! Somehow he thinks we will believe him. This is not!!!!! what we want to see in a SOS. No one likes a liar.

(I was there, at the commission meeting when he lied to all of us. Kobach flat out lied to our commissioners at a city commission meeting.)

I used to be GOP.

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clyde_never_barks 4 years, 11 months ago

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

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texburgh 4 years, 11 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!

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texburgh 4 years, 11 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!

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Steve Jacob 4 years, 11 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.

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password 4 years, 11 months ago

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

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porch_person 4 years, 11 months ago

I think it's hilarious that any charge of "voter fraud" can be leveled in a state like Kansas.

Kansas is one of the few "sure thing" states for the Republican Party, or does Kobach not know this?

The only other thing I can think of is he's calling dibs on the newest excuse for paranoia. ("voter fraud" / "Hey, there's a lot of hispanics moving into the neighborhood to work for low wages and they vote Democratic").

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Orwell 4 years, 11 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.

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KU_cynic 4 years, 11 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....

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beobachter 4 years, 11 months ago

Brownback, Kobach and Tiahrt are prime examples of what is wrong with Republican party. As long as they run idiots like this they will continue as the party of No. As in no ideas, no brains and no leadership. And they wonder why people consider Rush their spokesman.

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feeble 4 years, 11 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.

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BigDog 4 years, 11 months ago

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

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Steve Jacob 4 years, 11 months ago

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

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 11 months ago

Noooooooo!!!!! Brownback and Kobach. Ugh.

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ilovelucy 4 years, 11 months ago

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

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none2 4 years, 11 months ago

BigDog (Anonymous) says…

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. ============================== He may not specifically be a racist, but he is nothing but a typical mouth peace for right wing nuts. He feels the need to save his sacred, traditional marriage from some organized homosexual agenda. He also feels the need to save us from aliens. On the other hand, he doesn't have anything to say about off-shoring except that our educational system is poor. (I guess my years at KU were wasted.)

Bottom line: Racist? Maybe/maybe not. However, he is a typical Republican fool who cannot think past his party's narrow, misguided agenda.

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madmike 4 years, 11 months ago

You lost any credibility you had when you cited the Huffington Post as a source of information. Why didn't you just quote from the National Enquirer?

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Bossa_Nova 4 years, 11 months ago

i'm glad dennis moore beat his a$$

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feeble 4 years, 11 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.

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BigDog 4 years, 11 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.

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KansasVoter 4 years, 11 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.

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