Thursday, November 4, 2010

Chris Koster starts 2012 campaign by pandering to the right

Posted By on Thu, Nov 4, 2010 at 4:00 PM

click to enlarge "I hate illegal immigrants too, guys! Remember that in two years!"
  • "I hate illegal immigrants too, guys! Remember that in two years!"

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!

-- switching parties

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.


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