ACLU flyer sparks further sparring between Colyer, Kobach

photo by: Associated Press

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach gives an opening statement as Gov. Jeff Colyer looks on during the Republican gubernatorial debate on Friday, April 13, 2018, in Atchison, Kan. (Chris Neal/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP)

WICHITA — The American Civil Liberties Union is defending a flyer it mailed comparing the civil rights records of the leading Republican candidates for Kansas governor, calling it voter education.

Secretary of State Kris Kobach pointed to the flyer in seeking to portray Gov. Jeff Colyer as the ACLU’s “man” during a Tuesday fundraiser.

Colyer’s campaign distanced itself from the civil rights group, calling it a dirty trick to help Kobach and ensure that Democrats and the ACLU have an easy opponent to defeat in the general election just as they’ve defeated Kobach in the courtroom.

The ACLU has won several lawsuits against Kobach over voting rights.

Kobach is mounting a threat from the right to unseat Colyer in a Republican primary in which the candidates seek to burnish their conservative credentials.

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