TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- "I hope he loses."
FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2016, file photo, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, right, holds a stack of papers as he meets with then President-elect Donald Trump at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse in Bedminster, N.J. A federal judge has ordered Kobach, Kansas' top elections official, to produce by Thursday, April 6, 2017, a plan on homeland security issues that he brought to the meeting with Trump. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
When President Donald Trump came to the Capital City to support Kris Kobach's bid for governor, he joked with the crowd he kind of hoped the Republican nominee didn't win. That's because, Trump said, he wanted the Secretary of State to join him in Washington.
"If he loses I'll bring him into my administration in two seconds."
Those words may, in fact, prove prophetic.
On the very morning after Kobach lost his bid for the Governor's Mansion, a new job opening has some people thinking Kobach may get a spot in President Trump's Cabinet - and it may not take much more than two seconds.
Soon after Attorney General Jeff Sessions submitted his resignation Wednesday, prognosticators began wondering about the soon-to-be unemployed Kobach may end up as the nation's top law enforcement officer.
Buzzfeed reporter Joe Bernstein is reporting that he asked an unnamed "political operative with the White House's ear if Kobach for AG is likely."
Bernstein said that operative simply said "Yes."
Were he nominated, this wouldn't be Kobach first time in the Trump Administration. Kobach, who has built a national profile as an advocate of tough immigration laws, advised Trump’s campaign and the White House on homeland security issues and has made enacting state policies against illegal immigration a cornerstone of his campaign for governor.