Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s credibility took a huge hit recently.
People need to know about it, especially as Kobach continues his drives to make it more difficult to vote and harder to put in place sensible immigration reform.
As The Associated Press reported last week, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom essentially called Kobach out for lying about voter fraud cases.
In this case, Kobach had claimed last year that he had referred some election fraud cases to Grissom and that “Grissom didn’t ‘know what he’s talking about’ when he said voter fraud doesn’t exist in Kansas.”
The Associated Press obtained Grissom’s response to Kobach. It included this gem: “...So we can avoid misstatements of facts for the future, for the record, we have received no voter fraud cases from your office in over four and a half years. And, I can assure you, I do know what I’m talking about.”
Because of Kobach’s misleading statements on this issue, the Kansas Legislature should not listen to his repeated requests to give him the power to press voter fraud charges in the state.
His claim that other attorneys won’t pursue the cases is demonstrably false, as Grissom has shown.
Plus, why would the Legislature effectively want to deputize the secretary of state to pursue these charges when there are so few cases of election fraud in the first place (except in the fertile imagination of Kris Kobach)?
The Legislature has seen once again in recent days that Kobach can’t be trusted to tell the truth on an essential matter. There’s no good reason to give Kobach even more power to go gallivanting around the state and nation spreading his brand of nonsense on that issue.