Kris Kobach should be apologizing to former Olathe resident Betty Gaedtke instead of puffing himself up over his pursuit of voter fraud in Kansas. The secretary of state offered a laughable defense Tuesday of his so-far lame pursuit of unlawful voting in the Sunflower State. “Six prosecutions in nine months is actually moving at a pretty good pace, and more will be coming in the months ahead,” he told The Star. Actually, it’s one successful prosecution, one embarrassing total strikeout and four pending cases. Last Friday, Kobach meekly gave up his pursuit of Gaedtke, dismissing all charges against her. That canceled a trial set to start in Johnson County on Monday. Kobach wound up dragging Gaedtke’s name through the mud since last October — when he announced with great fanfare unlawful voting suits against three people, including Gaedtke and her husband.
Fortunately, knowledgeable critics of Kobach aren’t bashful about pointing out his ineptitude. “It’s a complete waste of resources, time and tax dollars going after a red herring,” said Djuan Wash, communications director for Kansas People’s Action, a Wichita political group.
Sure, Kobach told The Star he thinks another guilty plea in one of his cases is coming later this week. And maybe another one by late April. Oh, and don’t forget he babbled something last year about dozens upon dozens of cases of potential unlawful voting.
When it comes back in session in late April, the Kansas Legislature needs to strip Kobach of his power to prosecute certain forms of voter fraud. The money he’s wasting could be better spent on educating the children of Kansas, especially given the state’s budget woes.