A rousing endorsement of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has popped up on rocker Ted Nugent’s Facebook page.
Nugent, who has had concert bookings canceled and political endorsements disavowed for making offensive statements (calling President Barack Obama a “subhuman mongrel” and a chimpanzee, for instance) exhorted his followers to “get crackin & support the few brave warriors who stand with us & the US Constitution & Bill of Rights ABSOLUTELY everytime!”
He commended Kobach for “taking on the America hating ObamaGang at every turn.”
Specifically, Nugent mentioned he is pleased that Kobach, a lawyer, helped write the controversial Arizona law that, among other things, enabled police to check on people’s immigration status on the mere suspicion that the person may be in the United States illegally. Nugent also approves of Kobach’s role in the Kansas law requiring people to produce proof of U.S. citizenship in order to register to vote, and a law declaring that federal gun laws don’t apply to Kansas guns and their owners.
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Oh, and one more thing. Nugent really likes Kobach because Kobach helped to legalize the hunting of feral pigs by helicopter in Texas. Kobach, he boasted, is “an avid hunter and backstrap BloodBrother who’s a dear pig killin friend of mine.”
What else could voters ask for in their secretary of state? There’s even a picture of Nugent and Kobach in hunting gear, with Nugent holding a machine gun.
Mitt Romney notably disavowed any connection with Nugent during his 2012 presidential campaign. Kobach does not seem so inclined.
“I’m honored to have Ted’s support,” he told the Wichita Eagle. “He’s a friend and a hunting colleague.”
He’s also a guy who has been called out multiple times for racist, homophobic and generally outrageous pronouncements. Remarks about Obama got him questioned by the Secret Service in 2012. Offended by Nugent’s “subhuman mongrel” comment, the city of Longview, Texas, recently paid $16,000 to not have him perform a concert there.
Kobach has long been known to keep bad company, including extremist anti-immigrant groups and controversial Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. So it’s no real surprise that he’s been palling around with Nugent.
Nugent’s endorsement, however, does give some fodder to Kobach’s opponents in both the Kansas Republican primary and this year’s general election. One line of attack is that the incumbent secretary of state spends too little time in the office.
Hard to get much work done in Topeka if you’re in a helicopter mowing down wild hogs in Texas.