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October 7, 2021

“PERENNIAL LOSER” KRIS KOBACH CHOSEN FOR “HALL OF FAME” OF POLITICAL IMPLOSIONS

Mic: “This past spring the perennial loser announced plans to once again run for statewide office — this time as Kansas’s attorney general. It’s a lofty goal, but given Kobach’s apparent… difficulties actually understanding how the law works, it’s perhaps not the best use of his time. Or anyone else’s” 

KDP: “Kobach spent the last five years piggy-backing off of Trump, hoping that would be enough to finally get him across the finish line. He was wrong then, and Kansans will prove him wrong again in 2022”

Topeka, KS – Joined by other crash-and-burners like Rudy Giuliani and Sarah Palin, former Kansas Secretary of State and perpetual candidate for higher office Kris Kobach made Mic’s “Hall of Fame” of political embarrassments who don’t know how to quit when they’re ahead.

After losing a bid for governor and U.S. Senate, Kobach announced plans to run for yet another statewide race, this time, attorney general. Kobach’s failed leadership was proven during his previous tenure, where legal mistakes and errors wasted Kansas’ time, and ultimately cost Kansans millions of dollars.

“Aside from his radical agenda that Kansans have repeatedly voted against, Kobach lacks the basic legal understanding it would take to be attorney general,” said KDP Chairwoman Vicki Hiatt. “Kobach spent the last five years piggy-backing off of Trump, hoping that would be enough to finally get him across the finish line. He was wrong then, and Kansans will prove him wrong again in 2022.”

Read more from Mic below: 

Kris Kobach has worn a lot of hats during his career in politics: Kansas’s inept Secretary of State, toothless voter suppression attack dog, failed gubernatorial candidate, failed Senate candidate. It’s the sort of conservative CV that inspires both a measure of begrudging respect for the sheer energy expended, and also a significant sense of pity at Kobach’s perennial loserdom.

To be clear, even as Kansas’s secretary of state, the writing was on the wall for Kobach’s inevitable implosion. When you’re a high-ranking state official in the year 2018 and your voter suppression effort is so riddled with basic legal mistakes that a federal judge tells you to go back to school — not as an insult, mind you, but as an actual “you don’t know the law well enough so you need to take the following classes” order — let’s just say it doesn’t bode well for your political future. However, buoyed by Trump’s uncanny ability to identify and then elevate the most uninspiring, medium-talent backbenchers imaginable, Kobach’s political star continued to rise nonetheless.

Which isn’t to say he actually accomplished much. The voter suppression panel Kobach was charged with running became a depressing farce before it was finally put out of its misery. His return to state politics was marred by members of his own party endorsing his Democratic opponent for governor (Kobach lost), and his second swing at a run for office never made it past the primary stage. For someone with a national profile in a red state that voted for Trump by double digits in 2016, Kobach’s ability to spend years glued to his patron’s side and still lose over and over again is sincerely impressive.

Still, hope springs eternal, and Kobach has evidently decided that the third time’s the charm. This past spring the perennial loser announced plans to once again run for statewide office — this time as Kansas’s attorney general. It’s a lofty goal, but given Kobach’s apparent, erm, difficulties actually understanding how the law works, it’s perhaps not the best use of his time. Or anyone else’s.

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