Smelling national attention and cash from his other job as a lawyer, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is doubling down on his harsh criticism of President Barack Obama’s immigration policies and immigrants themselves.
The second attack came this weekend in a Washington Post feature, in which Kobach threatened to lead a national lawsuit against the president’s executive actions.
“‘Either we win this way or we lose big,’ Kobach told a group of fellow Republicans meeting in Tonganoxie. ‘If that happens, all of these illegal aliens will be eligible to feed at the trough filled by hardworking American people.’”
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So here’s Kobach’s disdainful mindset: Those people are mooching off taxpayers.
But here’s where it gets interesting: Isn’t Kobach doing some of that very same thing?
On Friday, the day after Obama unveiled his executive actions, Post reporter Eli Saslow is in Kobach’s office in Topeka. He sets the scene, watching Kobach in action.
“‘What bothers me most is the constitutionality of this,’ he tells one Republican lawmaker over the phone, the day after Obama’s announcement. Kobach is working on the lawsuit, 40 or 50 pages already written. ‘We have a clear violation here of Article 2, Section 3,’ he says. ‘We are moving ahead quickly,’ he tells another lawmaker. ‘We just have to sign the affidavits and gather the facts.’”
And a bit later, Saslow writes of Kobach:
“He will likely have a few supporting attorneys with him on the case, but on this day in his Topeka office, he is managing the lawsuit alone. The questions come by e-mail from prospective plaintiffs, governors’ offices and think tanks in Washington: Who will pay the legal fees for the case? In which district will he file? How early in December? Are the plaintiffs ready to withstand the scrutiny of a case that is likely to unfold over two or three grueling years? ‘Working on it,’ he writes.”
Wait a minute.
If Kobach is working all these hours on immigration issues in his office, what’s he doing to earn the $86,003 he’s paid by Kansas taxpayers to be the secretary of state?
This isn’t an academic question.
Kobach has said before that “I work full time as secretary of state,” in response to criticism of his constant efforts as a lawyer to file lawsuits in other states regarding immigration issues.
Kobach continued defending his constant legal work during his recent successful re-election campaign against Democrat Jean Schodorf.
“The only way for my wife to be able to stay home is for me to have a little bit of extra income, and that’s why I work in my spare time,” he said.
But as Saslow’s story shows, Kobach seemed to be fully engaged Friday while in his Kansas-taxpayer supported office toiling away on on legal work regarding immigration issues.
Kobach can be as upset as he wants by what he claims are immigrants (“illegal aliens” to him) scamming the system and getting something they aren’t entitled to.
But taxpayers should be upset when Kobach appears to be doing the very same thing.