In my short time covering politics in Kansas, there is one thing that holds true: politics is ugly no matter where you are.


In my short time covering politics in Kansas, there is one thing that holds true: politics is ugly no matter where you are.



But, I would have never thought that a race for Kansas secretary of state would have the blackest eyes of them all.



Republican Kris Kobach and the Kansas Democratic Party have been going back and forth exchanging words about voter fraud and campaign finance issues.



One good thing ... at least until now ... was that Democrat incumbent Chris Biggs was staying out of the mudslinging and letting the party handle it.



That was until Sunday. From the Secretary of State's office:



Discussing apparent illegal contributions and accounting errors on his campaign finance report Kris Kobach described filing the report as a "very complicated process."[1]



"Nearly every other candidate filed a report without apparent ethics violations.  It’s not the process, it’s Kris Kobach." said Tyler Longpine, spokesperson for Chris Biggs, "If he can’t file a report in accordance with the law, how can Kansans trust he’ll be able to manage our elections?"



Kobach drew criticism for mismanagement of the Kansas Republican Party while serving as Chairman. An audit and FEC investigation revealed the organizations failed to pay necessary payroll taxes and accepted illegal contributions under his watch.[2]