Kansas Republicans Now Trying to Rig Senate Election Following Democrat’s Withdrawal From Race

krisKobach110112It’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.

Except – Kobach is refusing to remove his name from the ballot.

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.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Betty J Rousey

    Such sore “losers.” It would be funny if it weren’t so obviously a ploy, not criminally illegal, just wrong… But it might behoove Orman to get a lot of public announcements of what to do if they do still find the D’s name on the ballot… Those slimy Republicans will do anything, ethical or not! lol

  • I know! The GOP should get everyone that wants to vote for the GOP candidate to vote for the Democratic candidate instead! Pull the old shimmy shang doodle on them.

    • Stephen Barlow

      Kinda like how the Tea Party Racist was BEATEN by black Democrats in Mississippi in a Republican primary?

  • forpeace

    So, Chad 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.

    Now, Kris Kobach is refusing to remove Taylor’s name from the ballot because his mission is to create an unpleasant situation that benefits GOTP candidates.

    There were times I felt sorry for GOTP, but not any more, I pity all of them. Neither of them have any any productive plan for their constituents, or in most cases no plan at all, instead they choose to cheat, stop people from voting, and refuse to follow the rules in order to make it possible for their own party to win the elections.

    • Stephen Barlow

      CAn anyone say “CRIMINAL”?

    • Rainbowteacher

      The distressing thing to me, Peace, is that the run of the mill Republican voter is completely blind to what is going on. If you attempt to tell them they deny that these things are happening. People you thought were sane, rational adults just carry on as if nothing bad is happening. Scary.

      • forpeace

        Hello there my good friend, it has been a long time, so wonderful to see you.

        Yes, those who are blindly voting for GOTP against their own interest is just beyond my belief.

      • Rainbowteacher

        I saw your avatar and just had to let you know I was around and glad to see your post. I don’t get onto the usual places much anymore (newsvine) (gave up on HP) since work is so busy. Disqus might be a better way to stay in touch! Hope all is well with you and I will try to get more active on the good progressive sites again!

  • Jim Bean

    That’s no more rigging an election than promising to take from the rich and give to the poor when you know that, once elected, you will not have the authority to deliver upon the promise.

    • Stephen Barlow

      YES IT IS!!!!!! A POLICY FAIRLY applied to all people and an obsfuscation of an ambiguous law to accomplish a VERY specific political agenda are two VERY different thngs.

      But then agin, Jim Bean said it, so EVERYONE knows it’s an outright LIE!

  • Ingersollman

    GOP=Gerrymandering Obstructionist Prevaricators.

  • robdog1701

    Democrats/Republicans, what is the difference. One side pressures their candidate to withdraw because his campaign is losing, the other side uses a subjective statute to keep the loser on the ballot after he quits. Neither party gives a crap about their constituents as long as they get their guy/gal elected.

    • Stephen Barlow

      Sadly true, but I don’t see 1 in 7 Democratic governors under investigation, indictment or on trial for corruption. I certainly DIDN’T see even 1% of Democrats committing TREASON when 95% of the Republicans voted to SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT and RISK a DEFAULT on the debt.

      I REGULARLY see Republican’s on the news advocation SEDITION. HOW many millions have the Republicans wasted on Politically redundant ‘investigations where all the witnesses were hand selected to publicize a Republican Political Agenda. fake lawsuits, and 54 votes on the same issue they KNOW will never become law JUST to make an inane political point? $30 Million? $40? $50?

      There is PLENTY of DIFFERENCE, the biggest one being that DEMOCRATS are encouraging people to vote and Republicans are LEGISLATING AGIST certain hand selected people voting.Funny how the ONLY people Republicans DON’T want voting are BLACKS, HISPANICS, ASIANS, THOSE MAKING LESS THAN 30,000/YEAR and those voters BORN WITH A VAGINA!!!.

      • meg

        Both actions in this case were political. They took him off the ballot because they realize Taylor is losing and the independent is more favorable. You are not supposed to take a candidate off the ballot for that reason alone. However, they did it anyway. Of course the republicans are fighting this for political purposes because it was a political ploy for democrats to have a real shot at winning. You can’t fairly declare one side political and the other side morally pure. BOTH ACTIONS WERE POLITICAL.

  • Stephen Barlow

    What exactly does the LAW say? IF it does nOT specifically written that “they are incapable of fulfilling the duties of office if elected.” , then Kobach is acting ILLEGALLY. When Ohio SoS decided white people polls could register on more days than black people could register, a Federal Judge STOPPED his GOVERNMENTAL RACISM.

    What has the Kansas Election Commission said is kosher here? I have read that they approved the application for withdrawl after being consulted by Taylor’s campaign on HOW to resign. THIS is precisely WHY the election commissions are formed and are suppossed to be NONpartisan.

    Since this is a FEDERAL ELECTION, why isn’t the FEC all over this? They might be understaffed because of Republican Obstructionism and Austerity, but onewould think they could find at least ONE inspector/agent to chase this story and dun it to ground.

    Has a lawsuit been filed to, or an injunction against Kobach been filed for? It’s the next obvious step, except Kansas isn’t Kansas anymore Dorothy, the Republican Corruption Squad is running everything INCLUDING the courts.

    How much time is there before the ballots are actually printed and mailed? That tells Taylor he needs to get all these suits filed and fast tracked TO frigging DAY!!!

    Taylor has never really had a chance in this race because of Orman. The smart move would have been to ‘suspend’ his campaign 2 months ago, so he could keep raising funds and then go campaign for Orman (which is what Hermann Cain and a slew of Republicans did in 2012 to support Romney).