Wearing a shirt reading “Kansas could do worse,” New York advertiser Andy Maskin explained why he is running for Kansas governor.
“The idea of bringing in talent outside of the state and come and help in another state seemed interesting to me,” explained Maskin, who is running as a Republican.
Maskin held a meet and greet at the Celtic Fox in downtown Topeka Tuesday, but aside from reporters and bar staff, only one New York supporter showed up.
“I just thought this might be a really interesting experiment in a sense,” said Maskin.
Maskin’s experiment required him to fly to the state for the day and pay the more than $2,000 candidate filing fee to put his name on the August ballot.
“What I would say is if a fresh perspective and no ties to the political system is something that is very important to people, then that would be a reason to support to me,” Maskin said.
Currently, the state of Kansas does not have any requirements in place for a person running for statewide office, including residency requirements. However, lawmakers passed a bill this session to prevent non-residents like Maskin from running for Governor in the future.
The governor hasn’t signed the legislation yet. If signed, it wouldn’t take effect until 2019.
In an interview last week, elections committee vice chairman Representative Blake Carpenter said the legislation is needed.
“In the future, it’ll keep people from trying to put their pets onto the ballot. It’ll keep people from New York or Oregon, or whereever, who don’t live here in Kansas from getting onto the ballot and make it for folks who live here to obtain that office,” said Carpenter, R-Derby.
Maskin said he wanted to make a point that voters should elect the best possible candidate no matter where they’re from.
“It’s fine if people vote for me, it’s fine if people don’t. I enjoy being a very unique choice.”