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Democratic leaders criticize Kobach for backing GOP state senate hopeful

January 27, 2012

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— Democratic leaders in the Kansas Legislature are criticizing Secretary of State Kris Kobach for serving as the honorary campaign chairman for a fellow Republican who's running for a state Senate seat.

Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, of Topeka, and House Minority Leader Paul Davis, of Lawrence, said Friday that Kobach is violating the ethics code of the National Association of Secretaries of State.

They also said Kobach's actions raise questions about whether he can run Kansas elections fairly.

Kobach is the honorary chairman for Senate candidate Mark Gilstrap in Kansas City.

Kobach said it's common for secretaries of state in Kansas and other states to endorse candidates, noting that the national group's code doesn't specifically forbid it. He said Hensley and Davis are "trigger happy" in criticizing him.

Comments

KS 2 years, 11 months ago

Nah! He is just a Republican. If he was a Democrat, it would be okay.

xyz 2 years, 11 months ago

And talk about Stupid supporting a stupid candidate!!!

TinmanKC 2 years, 11 months ago

Kobach's whole political MO is "ethics" violations." We're stuck with him for the moment, but his head and ambition won't keep him in the Secretarial pool for long.

cowboy 2 years, 11 months ago

Ethics Code For those Secretaries who are the chief elections officials in their state, practicing fair and unbiased election administration that recognizes each eligible citizen's right to cast his or her vote and for that vote to be counted with the highest regard to constituional foundations.

Kobach , by entering this fray you have cast a reasonable doubt of your ability to fairly administer this election. Ethics means operating beyond reproach , not walking the thin line between legal and unethical.

But what else would we expect from your moonlighting , part time Sec of State , bad law writing self.

WilburM 2 years, 11 months ago

+1 And add unbelievably arrogant to the mix. this just staggers the imagination. In a close election, does he certify the election results? I smell lawsuit.

BigDog 2 years, 11 months ago

His father owned a car dealership .... = Kris Kobach = car salesman ethics

Awww Daddy should be so proud

voevoda 2 years, 11 months ago

How can Kris Kobach ensure the fairness of elections when he is actively helping one party's candidate to win?

Joe Hyde 2 years, 11 months ago

In the same manner that Pat Sajak and Vanna White will take their TV game show "Wheel of Fortune" on the road across America, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert would do a great public service by broadcasting their respective political satire shows from cities in the state of Kansas for a period of one month.

I'm certain that citizens of the other 49 states would be dumbstruck by the political happenings in Kansas. P.T. Barnum could have put up twenty tents with a hundred clowns for entertainment and still not topped the show being put on by our very own Statehouse Circus.

mloburgio 2 years, 11 months ago

What's funny if you take the ba out of Kobach you get a Koch!

Fred Whitehead Jr. 2 years, 11 months ago

I was listening to NPR on KANU this morning. I just about dropped my teeth when I heard a news item on that was praising Koback on national radio for his "work" in advancing policy on immigration law a number of states.

I thought NPR was on" our" side??????

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