“I do think there’s definitely a battle for the soul of the Republican Party right now,” Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said in a Politico article about how he is shifting his focus from immigration issues to states’ rights. He said that some high-profile Republicans are advocating a more watered-down version of policy on the theory that the party will have better chances in the elections. “I just completely disagree with that,” he said. Kobach also acknowledged that his state office raises the profile of his side business of writing and defending laws in other states. “Being secretary of state has allowed me to pursue the restoration of the proper constitutional role of the states, and that goes beyond just elections and business filings,” Kobach said. Critics said that Kobach has a losing record on immigration issues and that he is now searching for other issues to ride to prominence.
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