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Statehouse Live: Kobach criticized for taking Nebraska job

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

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— 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.

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TrooGrit 3 years, 8 months ago

Kobach is a Boeing clown, he'll do whatever possible to see that Boeing does well, which on the face of it seems good, jobs for Kansans. I worry he'll give up his good judgement for the betterment of all Kansan's though, because of his partisanship. I know no candidate is perfect, and I'd guess I'd give my grudging support for Kobach, then for some dumb assed demonazi clown.

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TrooGrit 3 years, 8 months ago

don't vote for him, then. You all act like this is a big deal.

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pace 3 years, 8 months 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.

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Steve Jacob 3 years, 8 months 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."

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Steve Jacob 3 years, 8 months ago

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

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dhupeseib 3 years, 8 months 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.

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Keith 3 years, 8 months ago

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

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kansanjayhawk 3 years, 8 months 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!

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namevitavresnoc 3 years, 8 months ago

Kris is great, thank you sir for being a Patriot!!

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Steve Jacob 3 years, 8 months 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.

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jfcm77 3 years, 8 months ago

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

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blindrabbit 3 years, 8 months ago

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

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blindrabbit 3 years, 8 months ago

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

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lounger 3 years, 8 months ago

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

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ksjayhawk74 3 years, 8 months ago

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

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

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Jimo 3 years, 8 months 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.

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