Archive for Thursday, September 23, 2010

Secretary of State Biggs creates “full-time pledge,” asks challenger Kobach to sign it

September 23, 2010, 8:30 a.m. Updated September 23, 2010, 5:40 p.m.


— Democratic Secretary of State Chris Biggs took a jab Thursday at his Republican opponent, signing a pledge to work full-time in his government job if Kansas voters elect him in November.

Biggs said he is trying to make a point about Republican nominee Kris Kobach's work on immigration issues, which Kobach says he would keep doing as secretary of state, and his intent to expand the scope of the office.

"This office may not be as glamorous as what Kris Kobach might prefer, but it performs important public services that require a proven public servant, not a politician," Biggs said.

Kobach, a Kansas City-area law professor and former Kansas GOP chairman, has built a reputation for advising city officials and legislators in other states about cracking down on illegal immigration.

He helped write the new Arizona law that empowers police to question anyone they suspect of being in the country illegally. He has also helped city officials in Fremont, Neb., with an immigration ordinance and has offered to defend it in court for free.

Kobach said his first priority would be Kansas residents and he will work "40 to 50 hours at least" as a full-time secretary of state. He said he planned to still handle some immigration work across the country but most of it could be done at night or on weekends.

"This is really a question of spare time. Some people golf in their spare time, I defend American sovereignty," Kobach said.

Ben Davis, Kobach's campaign spokesman, said Biggs was making a "ridiculous argument" out of nothing and that if Kobach can't practice immigration law then Biggs should forgo his hobby of playing banjo.

"I don't want to see him at any bluegrass festivals," Davis said.

Biggs spokesman Tyler Longpine said the interests were not comparable.

"He's out of touch if he thinks those two things are on the same scale," Longpine said. "When he's playing the banjo, he's not representing other municipalities and other states."

The Biggs campaign said the fact that Kobach would be unavailable for an early October forum on Topeka public television station KTWU showed that he was putting his "personal agenda" ahead of his campaign and would do the same in office.

Kobach confirmed that a proposed forum Oct. 5 would conflict with his legal schedule. He will be in the California Supreme Court arguing against the state's law granting in-state tuition to illegal immigrants.

Kobach has accused Biggs and his predecessors of ignoring problems with voter fraud and would like to expand the powers of the office to investigate and file charges. Kobach also wants to institute wider use of photo identification at the polls and verification of citizenship as condition for registering to vote.

Biggs is seeking a full term after being appointed to the post in March by Democrat Gov. Mark Parkinson. He replaced Republican Ron Thornburgh, who resigned to enter the private sector.


UNIKU 7 years, 8 months ago

After reading the headline I thought this was going to be about Bigg's BBQ staying open 24 hours......damn!

Majestic42 7 years, 8 months ago

I thought the same exact thing, and I was ready to pack up the car and drive 80 all the way there.

Jim Williamson 7 years, 8 months ago

I'm surprised Kobach won't be working fulltime coming up with new fictitious problems to scare his minions with.

wastewatcher 7 years, 8 months ago

Great, why wait, why not start today and run the office fulltime and quit campaigning on the taxpayers dime and on taxpayers time. As he is signing the pledge , he should be honoring it by working in his office not campaigning. Is this hypocritical or what?

Jim Williamson 7 years, 8 months ago

Ummm... how much campaigning have you seen Biggs doing? Neither Biggs nor Herr Kobach have been touring the state in a bus, staging photo opps and kissing babies. So far, 90% of their campaigning has been via yard signs and news releases. Try to keep up.

Determined 7 years, 8 months ago

Well, Mr. Kobach was out campaigning last weekend. Even after he was in a car accident where his truck was hit he campaigned.

Centerville 7 years, 8 months ago

Does this mean no more mandatory sing-alongs at the SoS office?

Practicality 7 years, 8 months ago

LOL. I want everyone to go in to your boss today and tell them if they don't fire you, you will pledge to work "full time".

average 7 years, 8 months ago

I like Biggs a lot. I really don't like Kobach a bit. This is still weak.

Bud Stagg 7 years, 8 months ago

So this means no "personal time" spent with family, no playing golf or tennis, No reading that new romance novel before bed. It will be all work and no play? I don't care if Kobach does work on the side, that's what that means "on the side".

AlexHamilton 7 years, 8 months ago

Biggs must be really desperate if he has to try cheap tricks like this. I don't care if he works 24/7...if he's not going to work toward requiring identification to vote or try to eliminate voter fraud, he will remain every bit as worthless as he is now!

I want a Secretary of State who stands for the law abiding voters of Kansas!

Go, Kobach!

TParTQueen 7 years, 8 months ago

There are many full-time professionals who find "spare time" to train and run a marathon; work on a book, or participate in other interests. Seems to me that Mr. Biggs has an unusual preoccupation with what his opponenent is doing rather than concentrating on the duties of his office. You took the "low road" Mr. Biggs. Shame on you. We see through YOUR political shenanigans!

notajayhawk 7 years, 8 months ago

Mr. Biggs can pledge to work full time for a few months - he will have plenty of time to pursue all his other endeavors soon enough.

Determined 7 years, 8 months ago

Is Biggs saying that people who work over time and assist others to solve their problems is wrong? I work full time and have a private practice on the side. It's exhausting, but I love it and it keeps me going. If that works for Kobach more power to him!!!

MaryAnnH 7 years, 8 months ago

Biggs is a jerk who is jealous that someone has outside interests that actually HELP other people. Playing the banjo is all well and good, but it doesn't do much to help your fellow man out of a tight spot. Kris Kobach is the most dedicated, honorable, loving husband and father than I know. He works harder than any law professor I've ever known. I know he will bring that work ethic to the Secretary of State's office. Goodness, would Biggs be as jealous if Kobach volunteered his time for Legal Aid? or serving meals at the Topeka Rescue Mission? or delivering Meals on Wheels? It isn't just that Kobach volunteers his time outside the office, it is WHAT he volunteers his time on...immigration law. Biggs and the liberals can't stand it, they nash their teeth at it. Take a good look folks, this is what liberalism looks like when they have no answer to someone's good deeds.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 8 months ago

No, what Kobach spends his time on is whipping up hysteria in gullible folks like you, and making you think he's some sort of hero for it.

citizen4honor 7 years, 8 months ago

What Biggs said is that government workers DO NOT normally work full time. That working full time on the job is atypical.
Go Kobach!

ConservativeConstitutionalist 7 years, 8 months ago

How about beginning to work fulltime NOW instead of campaigning and telling LIES on MY nickel... I am tired of part-time politicians who do NOT do their jobs, do NOT listen to their bosses (We The People), and go against the oath that they take for office by NOT holding up the Constitution. I am all for a citizen arrest the next time one of these jerks tell a lie or go back on a campaign promise... WE employ them. WE should be able to fire them.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 8 months ago

"Kobach has accused Biggs and his predecessors of ignoring problems with voter fraud and would like to expand the powers of the office to investigate and file charges."

So give us some specifics, KK. If this is such a problem, there must be plenty of verifiable examples.

Determined 7 years, 7 months ago

Recent Voter Fraud concerns

Older voter fraud and indictments:

Voter Fraud does happen.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 7 months ago

Re: your first link-- there is no indication of voter fraud in this incident. Perhaps an illegal attempt to influence voters, but there is no indication that these voters weren't legally registered. And, anyway, it was discovered (as almost any such attempts easily are) and can be adequately dealt with under current laws.

Re: your second link-- ACORN again? OK, here's the deal on your 4-year-old link. ACORN has been absolved of nearly all claims against them. And while there may have been some isolated fraud involved in some voter registrations, in nearly every instance it was discovered, and it was ACORN who reported it, as they are required by law to do.

Bottomline-- it ain't broke, so we don't need Kris demagoguing and fearmongering his way into office to fix it.

kansanbygrace 7 years, 7 months ago

In the first "case" you cite above, maybe the fraud is in the Republican and Democratic poll watchers who are responsible to monitor and regulate the polling place. If a translator was acting illegally, any one of those partisan assignees present at every single voting place was obligated to stop it, complain on the spot. The "registration of those not eligible" complaint about Acorn is handled exactly the same regardless of the entity doing the registration canvassing. The election board has the exclusive responsibility to review those applications and must determine the eligibility.
There are, I believe, 9 authenticated cases of actual voter fraud, in the final analysis. If we compare that with the legal voters who were fraudulently purged from lists of registered voters in Florida, Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, the million-to-one fraud is in those crackers preventing citizens from their legal citizens' right. Kobach loses sleep fearing the monster hiding in the dark of his closet.

Determined 7 years, 7 months ago

Oh, so fraud does occur. Thanks for pointing that out.

justsaying 7 years, 7 months ago

If a person uses "company" time to volunteer.... is it volunteering or being paid on assignment?

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