Republican candidate for governor Secretary of State Kris Kobach said Tuesday that he wouldn’t want an endorsement from former GOP Gov. Mike Hayden.
Hayden has endorsed State Sen. Laura Kelly, D-Topeka, for governor. He said Kobach is not focused on the issues a governor would deal with and Kelly has a better knowledge of the state budget.
Kobach released this statement Tuesday:
“Hayden is pro-choice, and he lost his governor’s race for re-election in 1990 because he raised property taxes on Kansans. His liberal views fit perfectly with those of Laura Kelly. I would not want his endorsement.”
Hayden said in his 1990 State of the State message that the court had upheld the right for a woman to make her own decision regarding the termination of pregnancy and “it would be wrong of any state to try to subvert it,” although he also recommended limits. In the aftermath of reappraisal and reclassification, property taxes rose and Hayden called a special session of the Legislature in 1998 because of the issue.
Former Gov. Bill Graves, R, also has endorsed Kelly over Kobach and is joining her on the campaign trail, while current Gov. Jeff Colyer, R, is campaigning for Kobach.
In a televised debate Tuesday night where gubernatorial candidates Kobach, Kelly, and independent Greg Orman were asked if they considered former Republican Gov. Sam Brownback a good governor, only Kobach raised his hand yes.