Dave Helling, a former Kansas City Star reporter turned left wing columnist for the same paper, thinks he can do Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s job.
“If Kobach can pretend to be a writer, I can pretend to be secretary of state,” Helling writes, displaying a healthy dose of envy that getting paid to write opinions doesn’t require whatever skills Helling believes he’s acquired in his own career. Kobach is paid to write a regular column for Breitbart.
Helling announced his priorities as secretary of state, which include making it easier to vote and then abolishing the secretary of state’s office. Helling conveniently forgets that the primary job of every politician is to win elections. It also appears he forgets that the primary job of a newspaper is to sell advertisements. Bashing popular Kansas Secretary of State Kobach might not be the best way to do that.
Kobach’s job, Helling writes, is non-essential.
“Since his election, he’s found time to work on immigration laws in other states, serve as GOP convention delegate (on the platform committee), argue voting cases as his own lawyer, advise President Donald Trump’s transition team, seek a job with the administration, serve as vice chair of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Election Integrity, run for governor, host a radio show, appear on Fox News and write a regular column for Breitbart,” Helling writes.
In Kobach’s role as vice chair of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Election Integrity, he told other committee members today that he struggled to find the right words in a controversial column he penned for Breitbart. The column suggested that out-of-state voters may have changed the outcome of the New Hampshire U.S. Senate race. Kobach said he wondered if it was possible to boil down a complex legal issue into an 800-word column. Enter another Star writer suggesting that the job of writing opinions might be too difficult for Kobach.
— Bryan Lowry (@BryanLowry3) September 12, 2017
Bryan Lowry, Star reporter, tweeted in response, “Clearly this man has never had to write about school finance on a deadline.”