Kobach seeks to intervene in Kansas Senate dispute

Kris Kobach (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
Click here to view the .pdf of the Order of Assignment court document.
Click here to view the .pdf of the Order of Assignment court document.

TOPEKA, Kansas – Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is trying to intervene in a lawsuit filed by a disgruntled Democratic voter to force the party to name a new U.S. Senate nominee.

Kobach filed a motion Wednesday in Shawnee County District Court. The case was filed by David Orel of Kansas City, Kansas. He is a longtime registered Democrat but his son works on GOP Gov. Sam Brownback’s re-election campaign.

Democrat Chad Taylor earlier this month dropped out of the race against Republican Sen. Pat Roberts earlier this month, leaving independent candidate Greg Orman as the only major rival to Roberts.

Kobach, a Republican, said in his filing that his office supervises elections and Orel’s case must be settled by Oct. 1.

In the court document, the previous judge presiding over the case was removed, and three new judges were assigned to the case.

Legal analyst Dan Monnat chimed in to share some input about the implications of the change to three judges:

“The Chief Judge of a district court can appoint a panel of three judges to consider complex legal matters of public interest. The judicial recognition is apparent that three heads are better than one and less likely to result in a tie.” – Dan Monnat

 

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