ACLU ad roils Republicans’ race for governor

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July 18, 2018 - 11:00 PM

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union has taken the unusual step of plunging into a nasty Republican primary for Kansas governor with an explosive flyer attacking conservative Kris Kobach, but his main rival in the race doesn’t want the support of the group either.

The ACLU has sparred repeatedly with Kobach in court over the Kansas secretary of state’s efforts to limit voting rights and immigration. Now, the civil liberties group’s nemesis is mounting a serious threat from the right to unseat Gov. Jeff Colyer in a crowded Republican primary on Aug. 7. Both men are trying to burnish their conservative bona fides.

Kobach calls the ACLU a “liberal organization” and says as governor he would be the group’s “worst nightmare.”

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