August 1, 2018
ICYMI: Kobach’s Selfish, Freeloading Past Exposed
The Kansas City Star reports further evidence of what we’ve known for a long time: Kris Kobach’s only in it for himself
Topeka, KS – Kris Kobach’s self-serving past is under an even harsher light. The Kansas City Star has investigated Kobach’s long history of cheating small towns with lofty promises of cracking down on illegal immigration and leaving the cheated with the bill.
From the Kansas City Star:
“Over more than a decade, including during his time as Kansas secretary of state, Kris Kobach made roughly $663,000 from four cities that asked him for help crafting and defending immigration ordinances.
“An investigation by ProPublica and The Kansas City Star shows that the towns Kobach represented— small, largely white municipalities overwhelmed by real or perceived demographic shifts — were swayed by Kobach’s message: An ordinance would solve their problem and could easily be defended in court.
“Kris Kobach likes to tout his work for Valley Park, Mo. He has boasted on cable TV about crafting and defending the town’s hardline anti-immigration ordinance. He discussed his ‘victory’ there at length on his old radio show. He still lists it on his resume. But ‘victory’ isn’t the word most Valley Park residents would use to describe the results of Kobach’s work.
“Farmers Branch, Texas, wound up owing $7 million to Kobach and a team of lawyers. Hazleton, Pa., took on debt to pay $1.4 million and eventually had to file for a state bailout. Fremont, Neb., raised property taxes to pay for Kobach’s services. None of the towns [are] currently enforcing an ordinance he helped craft.
“Tom Gabos, a former Hazleton City Council member, thinks that Kobach…took advantage of the town’s tenuous position for their own gain.
“‘The whole thing just strikes me now, I realize, as a stepping stone for [then-Hazleton Mayor] Lou Barletta to better himself,’” Gabos said. ‘And probably for Kobach, too.’”
“Kris Kobach is only in it for himself,” said KDP Executive Director Ethan Corson. “He has thrown working families and entire towns to the side at every stage of his career in order to advance his own political ambitions and line his own pockets.
“Kansas Democrats are fighting for working Kansans. Kobach wants to double down on the failed Brownback tax experiment – he says that it didn’t go far enough! Kansans deserve better.”