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Statehouse Live: Secretary of State-elect Kobach names Rucker to top position on staff

December 24, 2010

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— Secretary of State-elect Kris Kobach on Friday announced that his top assistant will be Eric Rucker, who had served as a top lieutenant to former attorney general Phill Kline.

"It is difficult to imagine a person more qualified to be assistant secretary of state," Kobach, a Republican, said of Rucker.

In August, Rucker received an informal admonition from the state's disciplinary administrator for lawyers for failing to correct information given to the Kansas Supreme Court when Rucker served as chief deputy to Kline during investigations of abortion providers.

The disciplinary administrator accused Rucker and Kline of violating professional ethics during the abortion investigations. Rucker denied intentionally misleading the state Supreme Court but acknowledged making some mistakes during the investigations.

Kobach also announced that Ryan Kriegshauser will serve as deputy assistant secretary of state; Kay Curtis as public affairs director; Tom Treacy as assistant to the secretary of state; and Debra Banister as executive assistant.

"I have assembled a highly experienced team that understands the needs of the Kansas Secretary of State's office," Kobach said.

He noted that Rucker had once served as an assistant secretary of state.

Comments

Tom Shewmon 3 years, 3 months ago

Yeah, god how I'd love to have Sebelius And Morrison Regime back---the good ol' days of cronyism, bribes, corruption, scandal, strong-arm tactics, mutual donation schemes etc etc.

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MyName 3 years, 3 months ago

Did the Kansas GOP not learn from what happened when they pulled this stuff in the AG's office? This is like bush league type stuff here.

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olddognewtrix 3 years, 3 months ago

This shows the disdain Kobach has for civilized society. Eventually Kansas will reject his histonics and overreaching rhetoric

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Scott Morgan 3 years, 3 months ago

Made_ I believe you meant to say Kobach should have run for Lawrence city commission, but he knew he couldn't get elected. Statewide and nationally he's pretty popular.

Not sure you realize we are going through some of the worst times in the past 60 years. As a nation we recently fired the House, and shook up the Senate. Why oh why would you think we want more of the same.

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Paul R Getto 3 years, 3 months ago

New Kline, same as the old Kline. His names starts with a "K." That may be all we need. It's gonna be interesting watching Kobach try to turn a clerk's job into something that matches his inflated sense of self-importance. KK should have run for governor, but he knew he couldn't get elected.

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seeker_of_truth 3 years, 3 months ago

Between Kobach and Brownback, it going to be a disastrous next 4 years.

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WilburM 3 years, 3 months ago

The Reincarnation of Phill Kline is almost complete, as Kris takes on Kline's key operative. And old KK hasn't even been sworn in yet. Not that this was a msytery, even during the campaign: http://www.mcphersonsentinel.com/opinions/x863073192/Insight-Kansas-The-reincarnation-of-Phill-Kline

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 3 months ago

"The disciplinary administrator accused Rucker and Kline of violating professional ethics"

I'm sure that's all the resume required by Kobach.

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somebodynew 3 years, 3 months ago

And just think, - - - this is just the START of a 4 year term. Be afraid - - be very afraid......

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CLARKKENT 3 years, 3 months ago

HAVING KNOWN MR. RUCKER ALL MY LIFE, LET ME TELL YOU, THIS MAKES A VERY SCARY DUO.

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