Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R), a Romney immigration advisor
Back in April, the Romney campaign tried to put some distance between the Republican candidate and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the architect of harsh, right-wing immigration measures and a leading Romney advisor on immigration policy. After Team Romney pretended he wasn't a campaign insider, Kobach went out of his way to prove otherwise.
Five months later, the Romney campaign still seems to be troubled by this.
As part of this week's effort to reach out to the Hispanic electorate, Mitt Romney tried to distance himself as much as possible from "informal adviser" Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state who was the architect of the immigration law in Arizona.
But his campaign quickly admitted to CNN that Romney wasn't as far removed from Kobach as he claimed.
When Romney was talking to Univision America radio, Romney claimed to have never met with Kobach, one of his top advisors on immigration policy, and a man whose endorsement Romney has been eager to tout. Later, however, the campaign said Romney's remarks weren't ... what's the word ... true.
"A spokesman for the Romney campaign said Romney and Kobach have, in fact, met before at campaign events — but not in formal policy meetings," CNN wrote. "The aide said that in Monday's radio interview, Romney was referring to policy meetings, which Kobach does not participate in."
It's a shame when the right hand doesn't know what the further-right hand is doing.
For the record, Kobach has claimed to be in regular communication with Romney's senior advisors, providing "policy advice on immigration to the governor and his team."