Secretary of State Chris Biggs says he will point out the “radical personal agenda” of his Republican opponent Kris Kobach during the campaign leading to the Nov. 2 election.
In a campaign fund-raising letter, Biggs, a Democrat, outlined his strategy.
“I am a public servant who has dedicated my career to doing what’s best for Kansas. My opponent is a politician who has dedicated his career to promoting his radical personal agenda,” Biggs said.
Biggs noted Kobach’s work on behalf of Arizona and other cities and states in passing anti illegal immigration laws.
“I am focused on serving as Kansas Secretary of State. My opponent is focused on defending lawsuits in Arizona,” he said.
Kobach, who co-wrote the controversial anti illegal immigration law in Arizona, has said that if elected he will work on his own time to handle appeals in immigration issues that he is involved with in the court system.
Biggs said he will ensure fair, secure and transparent elections and accused Kobach of promoting fear when it comes to elections. Kobach has said election fraud in Kansas is a problem and that he will push for laws that would require voters to show photo ID to vote and proof of citizenship to register to vote.
Biggs even noted their different education backgrounds. “I attended K-State and the University of Kansas. My opponent attended Harvard and Yale,” he said.
Kobach’s campaign manager Ben Davis criticized Biggs’ comments.
“Chris Biggs is the fringe radical,” Davis said because, he said, polls show most people support a requirement of photo ID to vote while Biggs doesn’t.
Davis said Kobach has an ethical responsibility to continue work on the anti illegal immigration litigation that he started. But Davis said that if Kobach is elected he will only work on these issues on his own time, and will not take on any new cases. He said Biggs’ criticism on this issue wasn’t reasonable, saying it would be like criticizing Biggs for playing in a bluegrass band in his spare time.
Davis said pointing out that Kobach went to Harvard and Yale was ridiculous. “Is he going to say this against President Obama,” Davis asked. Obama went to Harvard.