Voter Suppression

Kris Kobach Was Embarrassed in Court Again

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach was ordered to inform voters who registered to vote without providing proof of citizenship that they may vote while the case against his rules proceeds in court, but he never did that.

Kobach hasn't been locked up, unfortunately, but he has been ordered to pay the legal bill of his opponents after being held in contempt.

U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson found Kobach, a conservative Republican running for Kansas governor, in contempt of court. She did not fine Kobach but ordered him to pay court costs, including attorney fees for the American Civil Liberties Union, which sought the contempt ruling.

Moriah Day, a spokeswoman for Kobach’s campaign for governor, said the secretary of state’s office would appeal the decision and would have no other comment.

For Kobach, a man who sees illegal voters in his soup, being forced to pay the legal bills of the ACLU is probably worse than being temporarily imprisoned.

Kobach is appealing the decision but I can't see a leg for him to stand on. It's a demonstrable fact that he has not followed court orders.

I've said this before, but if Kansas elects Kobach as their next governor the state is completely fucked. He will be worse than Sam Brownback was.

  • Christopher Foxx

    Kansa was completely fucked (self-fucked, mind you) the moment they chose to re-elect Brownback.

  • David Greenberg

    Agreed, if they elect him, they deserve him. Where do hateful people like Kobach, Ryan, McConnell, Pruitt, Zinke, Gingrich, Hannity, O’Reilly, Coulter, Ingraham, Trump, Kushner, Alex Jones, Lewandowski, Walker, Cheney, Nixon—oh you get the idea. Where do they come from and why are they so at home as republicans?

  • muselet

    Kris Kobach must have been playing hooky the first day of Civil Procedure, when L1s learn the most important lesson regarding conduct at trial: don’t piss off the judge.

    Well, that and he’s a moron.

    I predict Kobach will use his contempt citation in his gubernatorial campaign, as proof of … something nefarious perpetrated by the Washington elites that will never be meaningfully defined.

    If Kansas voters elect this guy after their experience with Sam Brownback, it’s their own lookout.


  • mnpollio

    Fingers crossed that Kobach is not elected governor, but I would not hold my breath. Kansas residents have a long-standing history of electing thoroughly inappropriate people and then acting surprised when they get screwed, but then re-electing them again. “What’s the matter with Kansas” is that all common sense apparently was sucked up in that twister that landed Dorothy over the rainbow.