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Kris Kobach enters 2018 race for Kansas governor

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach announces his campaign for governor on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at the Thompson Barn in Lenexa, Kan.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach announces his campaign for governor on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at the Thompson Barn in Lenexa, Kan.

June 8, 2017, 11:26 a.m. Updated June 8, 2017, 12:42 p.m.

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— Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach announced Thursday that he is running for governor in the 2018 elections.

Kobach, 51, a Republican, made the announcement during a campaign event in Lenexa. He officially filed paperwork the day before appointing a campaign treasurer.

He is currently serving his second term as secretary of state, where he has gained national notoriety for advocating restrictive voting laws and legislation targeting undocumented immigrants.

Before entering politics, he taught constitutional law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

During the George W. Bush administration he worked as a White House fellow, serving as Attorney General John Ashcroft’s chief adviser on immigration policy.

President-elect Donald Trump greets Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Kobach, as he arrives at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, in Bedminster, N.J. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President-elect Donald Trump greets Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Kobach, as he arrives at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, in Bedminster, N.J. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Last year he served as an adviser to President Donald Trump during his transition into the White House and was famously photographed going into a meeting with the then president-elect holding a document labeled as a strategic plan for the first 365 days for the Department of Homeland Security.

Kobach was later ordered by a federal judge to hand over that document to attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union who are suing him in multiple cases challenging the state of Kansas’ law requiring people to show proof of U.S. citizenship in order to register to vote.

He now serves as vice chair of a special commission Trump appointed to investigate unsubstantiated allegations of widespread voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election.

Also Wednesday, he sent a letter to incumbent Gov. Sam Brownback, urging him to veto a bill that would exempt publicly owned health care facilities from a mandate that takes effect July 1 to allow people to carry concealed firearms in those facilities.

“HB 2278 in its current form is a broad overreach that bans concealed carry in state hospitals, in community mental health care centers, in local government hospitals, and at KU Med,” Kobach wrote. “Further, the bill does not require that these facilities provide any type of adequate alternative security. A sticker on a hospital door does not ensure the safety of people in a hospital.”

In a tweet Wednesday criticizing the Legislature’s override of Brownback’s veto of a landmark tax overhaul bill, Kobach echoed a Trump sentiment by saying “It is time to drain the swamp in Topeka.”

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach carries his two-year-old daughter Josie as he greets supporters after announcing his campaign for governor on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at the Thompson Barn in Lenexa, Kan.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach carries his two-year-old daughter Josie as he greets supporters after announcing his campaign for governor on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at the Thompson Barn in Lenexa, Kan.

Kobach joins a growing list of people who will run in 2018 to succeed Brownback, who is term limited.

Among those who have filed on the Republican side are former state Rep. Ed O’Malley, of Wichita, and Wichita businessman Willis “Wink” Hartman.

On the Democratic side, former legislator and former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer and Kansas Agriculture Secretary Joshua Svaty, of Ellsworth, have both filed.

Christopher Rockhold, of Wichita, has filed as a Libertarian candidate. He also ran in the special election in April for the 4th District congressional seat that was vacated when Mike Pompeo was named CIA director.

Richard Kloos, pastor of the Zealous Church in Topeka, has filed as an independent.

More filings for statewide office are expected after the legislative session ends.

In addition to governor and lieutenant governor, Kansas voters will elect a secretary of state, attorney general, state treasurer and insurance commissioner.

Comments

Steve Hicks 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Just when you think there couldn't possibly be a worse governor than the one we have...

But at least Brownback told us lies he (apparently) believes himself.

Kobach's too smart to believe his own lies...and trusts that voters aren't.

Hard to believe the self-proclaimed "conservatives" had to reach farther than the present Gov to scrape the bottom of the barrel...and could...and did.

Tell me again, Mr. Secretary-of-State: how many of those "three to five million" illegal voters did you catch after our hoodwinked legislature gave you more power, and more money to keep Kansas' elections safe? Is it eight now...nine ?

And grabbing more power and more money was why your last campaign took the slogan "A Consistent Conservative" . . . ?

Bob Smith 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Leave us see who the Democrats can dragoon into running.

Bob Summers 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Maybe that lady with the wooden shoes. Or, is it a wooden saucer?

Calvin Anders 5 months, 2 weeks ago

I'm not sure Kobach is that smart. He's dumb enough to align himself with a Trump administration that will soon crumble under the weight of it's own corruption and greed. I'm not sure how he plans to distinguish himself from Brownie as well. Brownie ran on a pro-wealth, anti-education, anti-compassion platform and Kobach is more of the same, with more racism and nationalist tone. He's like a cross between Brownback and Steve Bannon. I know Kobach doesn't think much of the intelligence of the Kansas voter, but does he really think Kansas voters are stupid enough to vote for more of the same awful agenda that has failed so miserably? Just because he throws in some race baiting rhetoric and some lies about voter fraud? He's a terrible human being with no sense of right and wrong. I'm hopeful that most Kansans can see this clearly.

Alex Landazuri 5 months, 2 weeks ago

im not sure that the voters would vote for someone else, they did re elect brownback...

Bob Smith 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Because insulting voters worked so well for Democrats in 2016.

Alex Landazuri 5 months, 2 weeks ago

you mean like trump and brownback continue to do?

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 5 months, 2 weeks ago

He only won because the national Republican party pumped in some money and ran stupid attack ads. I say the Democrats need to run attack ads too. It will be easy to connect Kobach with anti all immigration groups, with Brownback's policies, and there's the time he broke zoning laws in Douglas county and got away with it.

Steve Hicks 5 months, 2 weeks ago

"He's a terrible human being with no sense of right and wrong. I'm hopeful that most Kansans can see this clearly."

Amen, brother Calvin, and AMEN !

Alex Landazuri 5 months, 2 weeks ago

doesnt he realize that hes part of the swamp and that we as voters have already started by getting rid of some of the idiots that were there?

Fred Whitehead Jr. 5 months, 2 weeks ago

All persons in Kansas who are not "WASP" (white, Anglo-Saxon and Protestant) had better watch out as Kobach starts the crusade to revoke your right to vote.

Bob Smith 5 months, 2 weeks ago

And Fred throws out the first wild lie of the campaign season.

Brett McCabe 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Like the lie: "Millions of illegal votes"?

Charles Fogarty 5 months, 2 weeks ago

When will the nightmare my native state is plagued with end?

Clark Coan 5 months, 2 weeks ago

No one saw that coming (ha, ha). He was constantly getting his name out there just like Attorney General Vern Miller did in 1970-74. Kansas voters have regressed in political intelligence and are likely to vote for him just like they re-elected Brownback and overwhelmingly supported Trump. Remember that half of Americans have an IQ of less than 100.

Paul Beyer 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Tend to think that number of Kansans who fall in that IQ measurement group is much higher, probably above 75%

Kevin Millikan 5 months, 2 weeks ago

wow.. I will NEVER step foot in the state I grew up in again if you people elect this mammal..

Thomas Bryce Jr. 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Mammal? Try Reptile. He is a cold blooded Swamp dweller.

Renee Patrick 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Mammal! Funny. I too was considering a move back, but this Doom and gloom guy scares me as much as the one currently in office.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Please move back before the election, then you can be another vote against him.

Joe Young 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Well....he won't have Obama to run against, and only a fool would run on reimplementing the Brownback disaster.

Bob Summers 5 months, 2 weeks ago

It will be tuff for him to win with all the voter fraud in Kansas.

Michael Kort 5 months, 2 weeks ago

This "creeper" is going to drain the swamp ? ? ? He is a certified political swamp member !

Yes, Kobach has been in Washington ( and not in Kansas acting as our SOS.....doesn't Kris have a job here as Ks. SOS, that Kansans pay him 81K to do ?........is this theft by fraud ? ) ( is The Trumpster stealing Kobach's voter suppression assistance from his salary paying Kansas tax payers ? )

Kobach is helping The Donald & Co. to promote voter suppression fraud and not seeking the facts about the Russian help that Trump received in getting elected nor investigating Russian attempts to hack US voting machine software or Trumps' families' curious involvement with Sanctioned Russian Bankers,....... whom they were really talking with..... about what ? ? ?

Were they ( Kushner Cos. ) seeking a financial bail out on 666 Fifth Ave in NYC ? ( the devil ? is in the details of this all that Kris is deliberately not interested in finding out about.....duhhh! ) .

Aileen Dingus 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Swear to FSM, if Kansas elects this slagheap, I'll move back and start smackin'.

Susan Lee 5 months, 2 weeks ago

omg.....yet another Koch sucker trying to continue Brownback's legacy of destruction and sorrow. Kansans, you MUST use criteria other than abortion stance to choose your leaders! The pre-birthers care only about life before birth. Do you really believe that the life of a fetus is more important than that of a sick or starving child? Please educate yourselves on issues and make YOUR decision based on reality rather than "the way our family has always voted." Not all the cattle in Kansas are four-legged.

Cheryl Nelsen 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Don't forget he knows how to "handle" those voting machines. That definitely needs to be looked into before any election.

Jonathan Becker 5 months, 2 weeks ago

As Secretary of State, this chief election officer will oversee his next race. Gives you all sorts of warm feelings.
Frank Morgan is his hero.

Richard Heckler 5 months, 2 weeks ago

I did not notice any republicans had signed up to run. Contrary to the news it appears that a host of libertarians have signed on.

Expect obscene amounts of money from the ALEC group to be spent. ALEC/Koch people will be trying to unseat all republican across the board.

Kobach is a radical extreme libertarian fundamentalist like Brownback...... so I say he might be lying as we speak.

Kansas needs a very large voter turnout.

Michael Kort 5 months, 2 weeks ago

So.....how many of these libertarian candidates are just programed Vote Splitters who will basically self destruct to tie up the independent voters votes to allow the Brownbeckistanies to win with Kris Kobach as the next Governor of Kansas ?

The Koch ALEC people know how to take care of business and to get the real candidate that they want elected !

Bob Smith 5 months, 2 weeks ago

"...a radical extreme libertarian fundamentalist..." LOLZ!

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