It all began when the reelection campaign of Santa Fe Mayor David Coss demanded the temporary relocation of a local Scrabble club with which the campaign shared office space. Team Coss feared that club member Adam Kokesh, who is running for Congress, or his devotees might use the club's access to gather intel for Coss opponent Asenath Kepler, whom Kokesh supports.
"I was shocked," Kokesh tells SFR. "Anyone can walk in and be a volunteer. To think that a bunch of Scrabble players would be spies was shocking to me, and it makes me wonder: What are they doing that's so secretive?"
The incident "has reinforced my support for Asenath as a champion of transparency," Kokesh says.
Kokesh tells SFR he is an avid Scrabble player who joins the club when time permits. "It's a family bloodsport on my mom's side," he says. "On Wednesday nights, when I don't have anything else going on, you'll find me playing Scrabble there."