Secretary of State Kris Kobach is criticizing his opponent in the Aug. 5 Republican primary for holding views on social issues that Kobach says are out of sync with the Kansas GOP’s conservative platform.
But GOP challenger Scott Morgan said Tuesday that the criticism shows that Kobach doesn’t care about his office.
Their exchange began Monday, the deadline for Kansas voters to switch parties. Kobach’s re-election campaign sent out a tongue-in-cheek statement reminding Morgan of the deadline and suggesting that he’d registered as a Republican by mistake.
Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s challenger in the Kansas Republican primary is demanding that Kobach fully disclose his earnings from outside work by releasing his income tax records for the past three years.
GOP candidate Scott Morgan said Tuesday that voters deserve to know the extent of Kobach’s private financial dealings with other parties.
Kobach and his campaign spokeswoman did not immediately return telephone messages seeking comment.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has failed to gain authority to prosecute election fraud allegations. The state House rejected a bill that contained his proposal.
Legislators approved similar versions of Kobach's proposals earlier this year. However, negotiators tied new authority for his office to another measure about collecting DNA samples from criminal suspects.
Some Republican lawmakers said collecting DNA from suspects violates the suspects' civil liberties.
Other House members didn't want to give Kobach the expanded authority.
Kansas Democrats want to put limits on the Secretary of State.
Democratic leaders say they will introduce two measures in January in an effort to limit Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's power, and his work outside the office on immigration and other issues.
Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley said Tuesday that he would submit a bill to limit the ability of statewide elected officials and their employees to work more than 10 hours a week outside their official duties and still receive compensation.