Former Secretary of State Kobach launches bid for Kansas AG


FILE – In this Feb. 1, 2020 file photo, former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a candidate for the U.S. Senate, answers a question during a debate in Olathe, Kan. Establishment Republicans worried heading into Kansas’ primary Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, for an open Senate that weeks of effort to thwart polarizing conservative Kobach would falter because they couldn’t persuade President Donald Trump to endorse their favored candidate. Trump didn’t intervene to help Rep. Roger Marshall in a crowded field, despite prodding from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and others. (AP Photo/John Hanna, File)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Polarizing conservative Kris Kobach has appointed a treasurer for a run for Kansas attorney general.

Kobach announced in Wichita Thursday afternoon that he is officially launching his campaign for Kansas Attorney General.

“I’m doing this because so many Kansans have asked me to consider running for this office at this time in history,” Kobach said at his announcement.

He talked about many federal mandates that he would want to prevent if he is elected.

“The number one reason why I am running for the office of attorney general is to stand between an overreaching Biden administration with unconstitutional and illegal executive orders and the people of Kansas,” Kobach said.

Kobach is planning another attempt at a political comeback after losing races for governor and U.S. Senate.

Kobach’s appointment of a treasurer is necessary under Kansas law for him to raise money for a 2022 campaign, and he did it late Wednesday.

Kobach is a former Kansas secretary of state known nationally for advocating restrictive immigration policies and tough voter identification laws.

He also was the first prominent Kansas elected official to endorse President Donald Trump in 2016.

Some people are concerned by the Kobach announcement. CEO of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce Alan Cobb put out the following statement.

“The Kansas business community has great concerns whether Kris Kobach, as attorney general, can adequately and effectively represent Kansas businesses and individuals successfully in court. Kobach’s candidacy puts too much at risk,” Cobb said.

KSNT News Political Analyst Bob Beatty said some voters may be turned off by Kobach and his history of losing races for Kansas Senate, Congress, Kansas Governor, and U.S. Senate.

“There is a danger that among voters, maybe in the primary, but also in a general election, that they would say enough is enough,” Beatty said.

Kobach finished in a distant second place to Roger Marshall in the 2020 Republican primary for U.S. Senate. He racked up 108,726 votes, but that trailed Marshall by nearly 60,000 votes.

“He is positive among many Republicans, there is just though a lot of negatives,” Beatty said. “Part of it is just simply running for a lot of different offices, and losing several races.”

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