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Biggs accuses Kobach of ‘radical personal agenda’ in campaign letter

August 5, 2010, 1:54 p.m. Updated August 5, 2010, 2:17 p.m.

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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.

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kansanjayhawk 3 years, 8 months ago

Biggs is just another liberal politician but look out for all that money coming in from out of state to attack Kobach. It's the only way they can win in conservative Kansas outspend and lie and fool the people. Well this time it is not going to work!

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kansanjayhawk 3 years, 8 months ago

Remember Biggs took over 200,000$ from George Tiller for his campaign against Kline wow--sounds like bias sounds like a liberal extremist to me-- let's expose all the facts!

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 8 months ago

"Kobach will make a great Secretary of State."

Kobach should let all the voters know now who he's going to hire as his top assistant, since we all know they are the one who will be the acting Sec. of State while Kris is busy padding his resume for whatever political office he intends to seek next (unless he takes a job as a talking Foxhead instead.)

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kansanjayhawk 3 years, 8 months ago

Kobach will make a great Secretary of State. We have not forgotten the water that Biggs carried for George Tiller in the Attorney General race. He is by no means free of political bias as he claims he is a far out liberal and he needs to prepare to get beat. The only thing that could possibly save him is all the out of state money that is likely to flood into Kansas to defeat Kobach.

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citizen4honor 3 years, 8 months ago

And I quote "Some people golf in their spare time" Kobach said recently, "I defend American Sovereignty"

That's the guy I want on my side. Family Man, mission worker in Uganda, Africa, BS: Harvard, MS & PhD: Oxford, Juris Doctorate: Yale. Eagle Scout, high school valedictorian, national rowing champion, a lifetime of top acheiving and dedication to educating, volunteering and hard work. Does what's right, not what's polically correct. Kris Kobach.

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wheatridge 3 years, 8 months ago

First tenets out of Biggs's mouth - marginlize your opponent, personal attack, and wrap yourself in alturism. What's next, class envy, oh yeah, covered that one too!

Oh I know, Vote Biggs a whole new breed of politician!

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kubacker 3 years, 8 months ago

Congratulations Kris Kobach on your primary win. Thank you LJW - I know that you can't help yourselves but every time you run an article pointing out that Kobach is the author and/or legal consultant for the Arizona illegal border jumper law it wins over more supporters for Kobach's election. The LJW - the gift that keeps on giving!

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denak 3 years, 8 months ago

Personally, I want a Secretary of State who is going to fix the deficit that the SOS office is in and who does the job of Secretary of State, not someone who is trying to expand the duties of the office and putting it further in the hole.

For all intent and purposes, the SOS is an administrative position. It is not a law enforcement agency. If Kobach wants to hunt down the big bad aliens, perhaps he should try to become director of KBI.

Dena

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Roland Gunslinger 3 years, 8 months ago

So keeping our system for voting the way it is now makes you a "fringe radical".

Got it.

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 8 months ago

Who cares. Millions and millions of Americans are accusing The Anointed One of having a "radical personal agenda". Expect Rothschild to ratchet up his liberal activism via the pages of the The Lawrence Journal World for the next three months.

God Bless America.

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Rich Lorenzo 3 years, 8 months ago

Again, Mr. Rothschild creating something out of nothing. Its a campaign fundraising letter. Who cares...does Mr. Rothschild have an agenda?

Showing a photo ID prior to voting is reasonable in every way.

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 8 months ago

How many Godwin flags can one thread get?

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wastewatcher 3 years, 8 months ago

Biggs is the one who merits watching very close. He says he is a public servant, but in reality he is one who has been on the public take most of his adult life because he cannot make a real honest living as an attorney. He should also talk about his failed marriages and explain his personal life.

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blindrabbit 3 years, 8 months ago

Babboy: Correctomundo about Herr Kobach! Sieg Heil!

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tolawdjk 3 years, 8 months ago

Curious here.

At what point are elected officials expected to "not" have free time? Where is the level of responsibility of the elected position so high that it is expected to be "on" 24/7. I know Presidents are ridiculed for their "downtime" activiites...Bush was lambasted for the time he spent on his ranch. Obama is vilified everytime he goes for his 9-iron. Clinton liked cigars a bit too much.

Yet I don't think anyone is going to scream bloody murder if they see the mayor of Hays on a boat out in the middle of Cedar Bluff, regardless of your political bent.

I don't think the Sec. of State's position is one that is expected to be "on" all the time. That said, I don't think Kobach's hobby is really a hobby to any reasonable person. In fact, it appears to be main money maker that Kris is using to put food on the table. I'm not sure anyone would conisder that a hobby...more of a job or profession.

Personally, I think something will suffer. Kris is pursuing two goals that don't really have downtime. I don't think his personal agenda qualifies are "radical"....I'm not sure how anyone could say wanting to defend your nations borders is radical. I do think some of his methods are misguided and that there aren't enough hours in the day to do all the work effectively.

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Bob_Keeshan 3 years, 8 months ago

Biggs isn't accusing Kobach of anything.

He's really just making an observation.

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Horace 3 years, 8 months ago

Who thought Kobach's primary concerns were UCC-1 search logic or coming up with better Articles of Incorporation forms?

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Truthspeaker 3 years, 8 months ago

Oh come on now. I don't care which guy you support, but you've got to be incredibly myopic not to think that ALL politicians are going after their own political agendas.

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LJ Whirled 3 years, 8 months ago

Is it really "radical" to think you should show a photo I.D. to vote? I mean, Kobach's commercials make a point ... that we have to show I.D. for lots of things less important than voting, and it isn't too difficult.
If that's all Biggs' campaign has come up with --- well, that and accusing him of going to fancy-schmancy colleges --- they need to have another focus meeting.

I've met Chris Biggs and really like him. I think he'd do a good job as Secretary of State. If I had to choose to be stranded on a desert island with Biggs or Kobach, I would choose Biggs hands down, and would make sure he brought his banjo. Having said that, my inclination is to vote for Kobach because I do see the issue of the Federal Government failing to do the jobs it is supposed to be doing, and instead meddling in stuff that is none of its business, as a real threat to individual liberty in our Nation. I think Kobach will stand up to it, and I don't know that Biggs will. Maybe I'm wrong ... it wouldn't be the first time .... but I think it is time to stand up to the Feds and make them develop and enforce a rational immigration policy, and they won't do it if no one puts pressure on them to make it happen.

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Ray Parker 3 years, 8 months ago

Ho Hum, another leftist extremist Democrat yelling "Racist!" [Yawwwn.]

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 8 months ago

"Davis said Kobach has an ethical responsibility to continue work on the anti illegal immigration litigation that he started."

Then he has an ethical responsibility to withdraw from the campaign, since he'll be too busy with his ethical responsibilities to ongoing projects to be distracted by something as mundane as running the office of Sec. of State.

And while the jab about which universities they've attended was a bit gratuitous, I think the point he was trying to make is that Kobach's primary concerns are anywhere but Kansas and doing what should be the fairly low-profile job of Sec. of State.

Kobach is merely looking for any elected office as a platform for his personal agenda, just as Biggs said.

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blindrabbit 3 years, 8 months ago

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Jeff Zamrzla 3 years, 8 months ago

How does playing in a bluegrass band or having any hobby compare one's obsession with immigration litigation? Seems the Kobach crowd watches faux nues too much!

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lucky_guy 3 years, 8 months ago

Biggs is correct in all ways. No defending Kobach, he is all about himself. I doubt that Kobach will spend 10% of his time in the Sec of State's office doing the peoples business. Unfortunately he probably will win since he is on Faux News and all.

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