Topeka Republican secretary of state candidate Scott Morgan on Thursday took aim at incumbent Kris Kobach for helping rocker and gun rights activist Ted Nugent and Texas officials pass a law making it easier to hunt feral pigs from helicopters.
"The self-appointed Guardian of State Sovereignty needs to stop shooting pigs from helicopters in Texas with Ted Nugent and start focusing on his job in Kansas," said Morgan, of Lawrence, who will face Kobach in the Aug. 5 Republican Party primary.
Morgan and other critics of Kobach say he spends too much time advocating around the country for anti-illegal immigration laws and other issues.
Kobach said he helped Nugent and Texas officials in 2011 with legislation that expanded the ability of hunters to kill feral hogs from helicopters. He said feral hogs in Texas do significant damage to crops.
Kobach said he worked on the issue in his spare time, it only took a few hours, and it didn't take any time away from his duties as secretary of state.
Kobach said he went to Texas one weekend and participated in a hunt of feral pigs from a helicopter.
The issue arose because Nugent on Wednesday posted on his Facebook page a photo of himself and Kobach with a plea to Nugent's followers to donate to Kobach.