The award for first politician to start pandering to the right after the Democrats' drubbing on Tuesday goes to ... Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster!
Not about to be relegated to the chill of new Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's shadow, Koster is reminding voters that he hated illegal immigration before it was cool, and he still hates it.
A 2007 Arizona immigration law (they've been at this a while) that allows the state to sanction and revoke business licenses of employers that knowingly hire illegal immigrants is going to the high court next month, and Koster wants the court to give it their stamp of approval.
The law is almost a clone of one Koster, who was a
Republican before -- shock!
in 2008 to
run for AG, introduced as a state legislator in 2007.
The Democrat and former Cass County prosecutor released a
naked ploy to appeal to conservative
voters who are already planning for the 2012 elections statement
today saying he's rounded up a posse of 12 other AGs, and they've filed a
brief with the court asking it to uphold Arizona's law. It's not as
sexy as Kobach's law, but Koster argues that the 2007 law deals with the
state issue of business licensing, not federal immigration law, so the
justices should leave it be.
His team is probably already writing a "tough on immigration" ad for whatever office he runs for in 2012.