Kris Kobach appears to be running for U.S. Senate and to have launched his campaign by misspelling his own name.
A campaign committee named Kobach for Senate filed with the Federal Election Commission Monday morning, hours before Kobach was scheduled to give a speech in Leavenworth, where he is expected to kick off his campaign.
But the FEC filing initially spelled the former Kansas secretary of state’s name as “Chris,” an inauspicious start to his campaign to replace retiring Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. The spelling was corrected about an hour later.
That’s all right, that’s OK, no one wants him anyway.
Kobach’s candidacy faced immediate criticism from the GOP establishment in both Kansas and Washington, which is looking to defend its Senate majority in 2020.
“Just last year Kris Kobach ran and lost to a Democrat. Now, he wants to do the same and simultaneously put President Trump’s presidency and Senate Majority at risk. We know Kansans won’t let that happen and we look forward to watching the Republican candidate they do choose win next fall,” said Joanna Rodriguez, spokeswoman for the NRSC.
I seriously doubt Kobach cares that the GOP says that it doesn’t want him around. He’s seen first hand how quickly the establishment will knuckle under to absolutely anything. And in the meantime, there are campaign donations to collect. Creative accounting and a federal government that is understaffed where it isn’t overburdened with incompetent crooks should allow him to keep enough of it to make it worth his while.