Republican Kris Kobach has announced he is running for Kansas attorney general, returning him to state politics after his bid for governor and the U.S. Senate failed.
The polarizing conservative first signaled the political decision by appointing a treasurer for his candidacy for the post of Kansas attorney general. Then he held a press conference on Thursday to confirm the candidacy.
“On a host of issues ranging from a federal election takeover to attempts to restrict our Second Amendment rights, the Biden administration and its allies in Congress have ignored constitutional limits on federal power. The most important officer who can fight such unconstitutional actions is a state attorney general, ”Mr. Kobach said, hinting that he would face the White House on the above issues if elected. .
Prior to that run, Mr. Kobach served as Kansas’ Secretary of State from 2011 to 2019 and has strongly aligned himself with former President Donald Trump.
In Mr. Kobach’s dealings with the president, he worked on a committee that Mr. Trump created to investigate possible wrongdoing during the 2016 election race. This committee was later disbanded after being unable to find evidence of widespread fraud.
Then he ran for governor in 2018, but lost the race to Democratic candidate Laura Kelly, upset that the state of Kansas leans toward Republican.
Mr Kobach also tried to run for the US Senate in 2020, but lost in the Republican primary to current Senator Roger Marshall.
This candidacy for the post of attorney general could be an important test for Mr. Kobach and Mr. Trump, as it could indicate whether the former president still has an appeal in the GOP after losing the 2020 presidential election.
Mr Kobach has previously ostracized independent and moderate Republican voters for his restrictive immigration policies and strict voter identification laws.
He also made headlines to become the first prominent Kansas elected official to endorse Mr. Trump as he ran for president in 2016.
In addition to pushing for strict immigration reform, Mr. Kobach also promised, during his gubernatorial candidacy, to reduce state government so that the state could instead focus on cutting taxes. .
Mr Kobach was looking to replace the current Attorney General, Republican Derek Schmidt – who has launched a campaign against the state governor for next year’s election.
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