Archive for Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Statehouse Live: Kobach files to run in GOP primary for secretary of state

June 8, 2010


— Kris Kobach officially filed Tuesday to seek the Republican Party nomination for secretary of state, saying he wanted to transform the office into more of a law enforcement operation prosecuting allegations of voter fraud.

Local politicians file for upcoming elections

Lynn Jenkins and Kris Kobach both filed today for their desired political offices and Tom Holland said he'd announce tomorrow via Facebook who his running mate for governor would be. Enlarge video

“Now is the time to restore integrity of Kansas elections,” Kobach said. He said election fraud is an issue in Kansas.

Kobach has made national headlines as having helped write Arizona’s new immigration law, and defended anti-illegal immigration efforts across the United States.

If elected secretary of state, Kobach said he would push for two new state laws -- one would require a photo ID to vote, and another would require proof of citizenship to register to vote. Without proof of citizenship, he said, “It’s very easy to register aliens to vote.”

He also said he would want greater statutory authority to prosecute allegations of election fraud.

Kobach, who is an attorney from Piper and former state GOP chairman, said if elected he would continue to handle appeals of immigration laws that he has been involved with outside of Kansas. But, he said, he would do that after putting in 40 to 50 hours per week as secretary of state.

He will face Shawnee County elections commissioner Elizabeth Ensley and J.R. Claeys of Salina in the Aug. 3 primary. Incumbent Chris Biggs will face Kansas City state Sen. Chris Steineger in the Democratic primary.


Jeff Zamrzla 7 years, 11 months ago

I wonder if he hears voices with the paranoia he feels? Could he be a closeted Paranoid schezophrenic? Yake your pills Chris. 'They' will go away of you take the pills.

emptymind 7 years, 11 months ago

Is this the same guy being investigated for campaign finance law violations while serving as an executive of the GOP? Just wonderin.....hmm somethin smells

Corey Williams 7 years, 11 months ago

Yes it is.

"He [Kobach] said the state GOP's failure to pay state and federal taxes and persistent mistakes handling contributions from Republicans to the party should be blamed on Christian Morgan, who served during that period as the party's executive director. Morgan said Monday that ultimate responsibility for mismanagement of the state party's office belonged to Kobach."

Maybe I need to start getting the Topeka paper.

SeaBee 7 years, 11 months ago

Krazy Kris for SOS!

Based on my memory of what SOS stood for in the breakfast mess, he's already there.

Diana Lee 7 years, 11 months ago

Such a scary, scary thought. We've got to make sure he doesn't get this.

a_flock_of_jayhawks 7 years, 11 months ago

Just like he did for his party, he'll probably shut everything down and fire everybody claiming it to be for fiscal responsibility. Oh, and expand (?) the voter fraud investigation efforts - right inline with his cause celebre.

BigAl 7 years, 11 months ago

Has there been any voter fraud reported in Kansas?

Paul R Getto 7 years, 11 months ago

deathpenaltyliberal (anonymous) says… "What a hack! Election "fraud" is a myth. Do you know how many people have been convicted, or just arrested, for voter fraud in the whole state of Kansas in the last five years? Hint: It's in the single digits." === DPL: Good point, and as I recall, the number of documented cases of undocumented immigrants voting and then being convicted of a crime is zero. We all have our myths. Let Mr. Kobach run on his. At least he'll be able to claim victory when he eliminates the problem that doesn't really exist.

Orwell 7 years, 11 months ago

His victory would be our loss, as voter suppression tactics become official Kansas policy.

a_flock_of_jayhawks 7 years, 11 months ago

ibroke (anonymous) says…

"none2---just how is a politician suppost to help constituents???"

I take it you have never served in the US military. There is a vital service they provide to separated servicemember constituents that is part of their job description.

Besides that, Congressmembers usually have a member of their staff that is designated to manage constituent services. If a constituent has a problem with a government department or agency, they are a good resource to get assistance or answers. Kobach is gunning for SOS, so I don't believe that his job would contain that component though.

Now you know.

Jeff Zamrzla 7 years, 11 months ago

ibroke - are you hearing voices also? You know, I am an older man who did his share of LSD before it was rendered illegal. I understand there are a nmber of concurrent studies going now to evaluate its benefit to the schizophrenic community. Perhaps you should consider volunteering.

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