Archive for Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Statehouse Live: Kobach criticized for taking Nebraska job

July 28, 2010, 1:07 p.m. Updated July 28, 2010, 4:56 p.m.


— Republican Kris Kobach wants to be secretary of state. But he also wants to fight in illegal immigration battles across the country.

Kobach says he can balance the two interests.

But one of his opponents says Kobach can’t, and criticized him Wednesday for continuing to work on illegal immigration litigation in other states.

“We now know, with Professor Kobach taking another job just days before the election, that he was misleading voters, and that he will be a part-time secretary of state,” said J.R. Claeys, a consultant from Salina. Kobach, Claeys and Shawnee County Election Commissioner Elizabeth “Libby” Ensley are in the Aug. 3 GOP primary.

On Tuesday, Kobach was hired by the city council of Fremont, Neb., to help represent the city in legal challenges of its new voter-approved ban on hiring or renting to illegal immigrants.

Kobach, helped draft the Fremont ordinance and is also known as one of the authors of the controversial immigration law in Arizona. He also is providing legal work on two other immigration cases in Texas and California.

But Kobach on Wednesday vowed that if elected secretary of state, he will work full-time at that job and handle immigration litigation on his own time. “This is something that is very important for our country,” he said.

Kobach said that during the campaign for secretary of state he has taken a leave of absence as a constitutional law professor at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and that he needs to work as an attorney to support his family.

“I have to put food on the table for my family,” he said.


Jimo 6 years ago

This seems to be a fairly lucrative gig for Kobach. First, advise and help draft these dubious laws and then get hired to help defend them when the predictable lawsuit results.

ksjayhawk74 6 years ago

“I have to put food on the table for my family,”

HAHA!!! As if he's living paycheck to paycheck.

John Kyle 6 years ago

And isn't he supposed to be doing for free?

notanoobhere 6 years ago

Nothing is free dont be so naive.

John Kyle 6 years ago

I'm not being naive. There is another article in the paper where he told Fremont Neb he would defend the law free of charge. Now he says he needs the work to support his family.

lounger 6 years ago

This joker is dangerous. Hot on Immigration issues and supressing the little guy. Kris Kobach is Kreepy!

blindrabbit 6 years ago

Mr. Sieg Heil; just wait till he get elected here in Kansas.

Jimo 6 years ago

I'm looking forward to next year. We'll have Kobach to criminalize every speaking Spanish and Gov. Brownback pardoning every abortionist killer who is apprehended here.

Kansas.....Land of Odds.

blindrabbit 6 years ago

Jimo: Don't forget either Tweedledee or Tweedledumber in the Senate.

jfcm77 6 years ago

Next thing you know, Kobach will be trying to keep the Topekans out of Lawrence.

Steve Jacob 6 years ago

Leaving all the immigration stuff out of it, if any political candidate says “I have to put food on the table for my family", before an election, why vote for them.

Jimo 6 years ago

Why would he take a leave of absence to begin with? Being a law professor isn't exactly a life consuming gig. You can run for a minor political office like Sec. of State and hold down a job requiring you teach 2 or 3 hour long classes a week for the Fall Semester.

Orwell 6 years ago

In the great tradition of Joe McCarthy.

staff04 6 years ago

goddammit...Kevin Groenhagen must have gotten kicked off of CJ Online and decided to come back for another bite at the apple here...

kansanjayhawk 6 years ago

I am just amazed at the liberals who attack people personally rather than dealing with the issues! Kris agrees with Kansans that we need to enforce our laws and we cannot be overrun by illegal aliens--he is also compassionate and cares for legal immigrants and the poor-- he served as a missionary for a time overseas working with some of the poorest. Liberal bleeding hearts and closed minds!

Jimo 6 years ago

People "attack" Kobach personally for his personal characteristics: he has a lousy understanding of the law in general and constitutional law in particular (demonstrated YET again by another court) in addition to the fact he's clearly a racist obsessed with scapegoating foreigners.

Our laws are enforced daily and at great expense (deportations running at record levels!). Enforcing the law hardly stops law breaking when the incentives are overwhelmingly contrary and the characteristics are unintelligent, incoherent and unworkable. You might just as well say we don't enforce the law against murder since murder keeps occurring.

That we over "overrun by illegal aliens" is a loaded choice of words, revealing an evil, racist nature. You couldn't think of some statement using "parasite" or "enemy" or "subhuman"? More like "overrun with kindness, hard work and service."

kernal 6 years ago

Although it is commendable that he did missionary work for a short time in Uganda, that does not automatically qualify him for public office. Due to Kobach's polictical and law related activities of late, many do not feel the office of S.O.S. is suited to him -liberals and conservatives.

The office of the Secretary of State is not relevant to the issues Kobach seems to be recently committed to. If you've not had a chance to review what the Secretary of State's job is, you may want to look it up. Then perhaps you will have an inkling of why there's all this talk about him running for the purpose of publicity or to make the office a stepping stone for his political career.

Jimo 6 years ago

Haha. You're not the first person who seems to almost say that Kobach looks like a gay porn star.

Orwell 6 years ago

I'll believe Kobach personally gives a damn about immigration when he stops taking six-figure fees from taxpayers to write and litigate defective laws, and when he proposes mandatory hard time for the employers (including his "close personal friends" at the Kansas Chamber) who give illegals the incentive to come here.

Keith 6 years ago

Don't we (Kansas) have ongoing disputes with Nebraska over water use? Why should a candidate for state office help them out?

kernal 6 years ago

They're two separate issues. The immigration issue for that little ol' Nebraska town does not directly affect Kansas as the water issue does.

Keith 6 years ago

He's still carrying their water.

DeAnn Seib 6 years ago

Mr. Kobach doesn't get it. If he is Secretary of State, there is no free time. He isn't applying for an 8-5 job. He can't have two masters.

Steve Jacob 6 years ago

I miss Ron Thornburg, not a peep from him for 15 years until he left.

Steve Jacob 6 years ago

And the Wichita Eagle said it perfect...."Kobach is smart but is better suited to talk about immigration issues on Fox News than to oversee the state's elections and business filings."

Jimo 6 years ago

Maybe Palin will resign halfway through her contract as a Fox fembot and pretty-boy Kobach can replace her?

pace 6 years ago

We had one AG that spent the AG's office as a personal anti abortion headquarters, he did not serve Kansas, he served his personal ideology. Now another wants the office to head his campaign to fight illegal aliens (rather than the illegal alien industry). If they have such passion for the cause, let them work for non profits. ID theft, Internet crime and corporate crime is gobbling up Kansan's paychecks and endangering children and families. Let us not get another AG who will ignore real needs for his special interest. We can't afford it.

Jimo 6 years ago

Strangely enough, with all these agenda politicians, not one will take on the #1 social dilemma in Kansas: agricultural welfare.

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