New mailers from the American Civil Liberties Union paint Kris Kobach’s record on education, transparency and LGBT discrimination in a negative light — and Kobach is loving it.
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The Kansas secretary of state frequently says opposition from the ACLU is a sign he’s on the right track. At a fundraiser in Wichita on Tuesday night for his gubernatorial campaign, Kobach held up a mailer.
On one side, the flier says “Kobach wants to be governor but has violated our civil liberties.”
On the other side, Kobach’s positions on education, public records and anti-discrimination efforts are contrasted with Gov. Jeff Colyer, his primary rival in the Republican race for governor.
“It’s a pro-Colyer ad, anti-Kobach ad. In my entire life, I have never heard of the ACLU advertising on behalf of a Republican candidate for anything,” Kobach said.
ACLU spokesman Mark McCormick confirmed that the ACLU had sent out the flier, but he emphasized that the organization does not support candidates.
“We support civil liberties and civil rights and want voters to be well informed on these issues,” McCormick said in an email. “We have no permanent allies and no permanent enemies, only permanent interests in expanding and protecting civil liberties.”
The flier “sounds like a dirty trick” to help elect Kobach in the Republican primary, Colyer spokesman Kendall Marr said. He contends that will ensure Democrats and the ACLU have an “easy opponent like Kris Kobach” to defeat in the general election.
The flier accuses Kobach of wasting taxpayer funds on litigation to restrict voting rights, a likely reference to his defense of a Kansas law that requires voter registration applicants to provide proof of citizenship. A federal judge has found the law unconstitutional.
Kobach told the crowd at his fundraiser Tuesday that if elected he would issue an executive order soon after taking office requiring the confirmation of the legal immigration status for all state officials, new employees and contractors in Kansas.
Kris on illegal immigration:
The flier says Kobach didn’t support a bipartisan education package, didn’t back efforts to make government records more readily available and didn’t fight efforts to prevent discrimination against LGBT individuals. By contrast, the flier says, Colyer supported the education package and easing access to records.
Obviously the dirty, mud-slinging and lies are starting to get very heated from the opposition side. Take a break from it all and check out Kris and his family in the following video, you’ll be glad you did…
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Original Source: Wichita Eagle