Kobach recuses himself of Secretary of State duties, Colyer campaign says it's not enough Featured

Gov. Jeff Colyer and Sec of State Kris Kobach Gov. Jeff Colyer and Sec of State Kris Kobach

The race to become the Republican nominee for Kansas governor is heating up in a war of words between Gov. Jeff Colyer and Secretary of State Kris Kobach.


Kobach has recused himself from his duties amid discrepancies in vote totals for the GOP primary. Colyer had requested Kobach also step down from his role as Secretary of State.

In a response Friday, Kobach wrote a letter to Colyer saying "I have carefully considered your request and have decided that it is in the best interest of the citizens of Kansas that I permit another to perform the duties of secretary of state until the conclusion of the 2018 primary election process."

Kobach has relinquished those duties to Assistant Secretary of State Eric Rucker. But Colyer's campaign says that still creates a conflict of interest for his opponent and they would prefer Attorney General Derek Schmidt handle those duties.

Colyer campaign spokesperson Kendall Marr issued the following statement in response:

"While Eric Rucker is a good and decent man, we do not believe assigning Kris Kobach's duties to an at-will employee, whom Sec. Kobach can fire at any time, actually addresses the clear conflict of interest that exists. We hope he will reconsider our request to allow the Attorney General to provide proper legal advice to county elected officials to reassure Kansans that the election between Secretary Kobach and Governor Colyer is free from conflicts of interest."

Kobach also pointed out in his letter that Colyer serves on the canvassing board while Lt. Gov. Tracey Mann serves on the state objection board. He said he had confidence both could impartially carry out those duties but if they wanted to avoid an appearance of a conflict of interest, they should also step down.

By late Friday, the latest totals had Kobach leading Colyer by 59 votes. The results are constantly changing and you can view them here: Secretary of State's website

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Last modified on Friday, 10 August 2018 17:45

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