FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Contact: Scott Morgan
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Scott Morgan Declines to Sign
Kobach’s Requested Equal Time Waiver
“Kobach needs to choose a job, either Rant Radio or Secretary of State”
Kansas Republican Secretary of State candidate Scott Morgan today announced that he has declined Kris Kobach's request that Morgan sign a waiver of his rights to claim equal time through Federal Communication Commission (FCC) regulations.
"Kobach really should focus on the job that Kansans pay him $86,000 a year to do -- Secretary of State," said Morgan. "Kobach needs to choose a job, either Rant Radio or Secretary of State. He can't be a full-time Secretary of State and do both."
Morgan reported that Kobach called him the day Morgan announced his candidacy. After welcoming him to the race, Kobach explained he had a "little radio show" in Kansas City and that there was this "thing called equal time under the FCC" and that his previous opponents had all signed waivers so he could continue his show. Kobach requested that Morgan also sign a waiver. Morgan said that while he was familiar with equal time from his earlier job as Chief Counsel for Senator Dole 1988 presidential campaign, he would need time to consider the request.
"I had just announced my candidacy to unseat Mr. Kobach and one of the main reasons was that he didn't seem to want the job and that he seemed much more interested in issues and jobs unrelated to what Kansans paid him to do," Morgan said. "One of the first calls I get is from Mr. Kobach asking my permission to continue doing one of these very jobs that take him away from his duties as Secretary of State. It didn't make a lick of sense."
Morgan also thought it was strange that the KCMO website links to Kobach's official and campaign websites. The "contact" link takes readers to Kobach's official state-paid website and the "website" link takes you to Kobach's campaign website. It was unclear that Kobach's campaign was reporting KCMO's link as a campaign contribution, which Morgan found ironic for someone who is the chief elections officer for the state.
The regular intro to Kobach's show is available through this link: www.scottmorganforsos.org/kobach-intro.html.