Kobach Not Commenting On Talk He Could Head To Trump Administration

Nov 7, 2018

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s loss in the race for governor at least heightens the possibility that he may join President Donald Trump’s administration.

Kris Kobach has been a long-time Trump ally. When President Trump campaigned for him in Topeka last month, Trump talked about what might happen if Kobach didn’t win the race for governor.

“I hated that he ran, because I would have loved to have brought him into my administration," Trump said. "In fact, if he loses, I’ll bring him into my administration in two seconds.”

With Jeff Sessions out as Trump’s attorney general, those throw-away comments at the president’s rally take on a different tone. Kobach was reportedly in consideration for attorney general before Trump originally picked Sessions.

After his loss, Kobach would not say what his next move might be after he leaves office. A spokesperson for Kobach's office didn't respond to a request for comment about whether that he could be considered for U.S. attorney general.

Stephen Koranda is Statehouse Reporter for Kansas Public Radio, a partner in the Kansas News Service with KCUR, KMUW, and High Plains Public Radio. Follow him on Twitter @kprkoranda. Kansas News Service stories and photos may be republished at no cost with proper attribution and a link back to the original post. To contact KMUW News or to send in a news tip, reach us at news@kmuw.org.