It’s not often that you’ll see Republicans upset that a Democrat decided to drop out of a political race. But that’s exactly what’s going on in Kansas after Democratic Senate candidate Chad Taylor abruptly ended his campaign to become a United States Senator.
On Wednesday, Taylor announced he was ending his campaign and filed the proper paperwork with Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s office to formally withdraw from the race.
According to Kobach, for a candidate to be removed from the ballot they must prove that “they are incapable of fulfilling the duties of office if elected.” Kobach claims that Taylor hasn’t done that.
“We now have no choice but to keep his name on the ballot,” Kobach said.
Which is complete b.s. One could argue that a sudden lack of desire by a candidate to hold the office for which they were running is ample enough of a reason to deem them “incapable of fulfilling the duties” of that office. Besides, keeping his name on the ballot doesn’t mean he’ll take the office in the very unlikely chance that he were to get elected even after dropping out.
But what Republicans are really upset with is that Taylor dropping out paves a much easier path for Independent (and former Democrat) Greg Orman to challenge Republican incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts.
So, what Kobach is clearly hoping for is to keep Taylor’s name on the ballot so that it will split the vote against Roberts, which makes it much easier for him to be re-elected. Essentially trying to rig the election.
Some have even speculated that Taylor’s abrupt move helps Democrats in Kansas focus more of their attention on the governor’s race where Democrat State Sen. Paul Davis currently leads incumbent Republican Gov. Sam Brownback by six points.
But regardless of why Taylor dropped out, it’s clear that Kobach’s insistence that his name stay on the ballot is politically motivated. Because I can promise you if Taylor were a Democratic incumbent who wanted to drop out of the race, making it easier for a trailing Republican candidate to get elected, he would have had absolutely no problem removing his name from the ballot.