City apologizes for Kobach’s parade entry at Old Shawnee Days; Kobach says criticism ‘hypocritical’

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(Updated to reflect interview with Kobach)

Shawnee officials on Saturday apologized for a controversy stemming from Secretary of State Kris Kobach entering a red-white-and-blue jeep with a replica of a machine gun into the annual old Shawnee Days Parade.

"In no way, does this or any parade entry or float directly reflect the views and values of the city, the Old Shawnee Days Board or the Old Shawnee Days Society," city spokeswoman Julie Breithaupt said in statement tweeted out just before 6 p.m.

"We apologize and understand the concern this has caused," Breithaupt said."We have . . .

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