Republican Secretary of State candidate Kris Kobach offered to defend a recently passed illegal immigration ordinance but was turned down.
Kobach, who has made a national name for himself drafting and defending illegal immigration laws across the country, helped draft the ordinance recently adopted by Freemont, Neb. voters.
Opponents to the law – which bars employers from hiring illegal immigrants and landlords from renting to them – have said they planned to file suit.
According to an article in the Freemont Tribune Kobach contacted the city offering to help defend the new law gratis.
According to the article, League Association of Risk Management, which insures the city, has said that if it provided the city’s representation in a lawsuit it had no interest in working with Kobach.
When he officially announced his run for Secretary of State earlier this month, Kobach had said he planned to continue working on about half a dozen illegal immigration cases nationwide.
Kobach is running against Shawnee County Election Commissioner Elizabeth “Libby” Ensley and J.R. Claeys in the Republican primary. The winner of August’s election will face the Democratic primary winner – the candidates there are current Secretary of State Chris Biggs and Kansas City, Kan. Sen. Chris Steineger.