Archive for Friday, December 24, 2010

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

December 24, 2010


— 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.


CLARKKENT 6 years ago


6 years ago

Having worked for Eric, I think it's going to be just fine.

Grump 6 years ago

Having worked for Rucker, it scares the hell out of me.

somebodynew 6 years ago

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

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years ago

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

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

WilburM 6 years 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:

somebodynew 6 years ago

Thank you. A good article from a respected person. Darn shame it fell on deaf ears and now we will all have to live with the consequences.

Paul R Getto 6 years 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.

Scott Morgan 6 years 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.

olddognewtrix 6 years ago

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

MyName 6 years 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.

olddognewtrix 6 years ago

My God are you due for an awkening as to the corruption that is bound to happen under Koch Industries Domination of Topeka and the state of Kansas. Your pure partisanship is so apparent

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