It's troubling that someone who wants to be secretary of state, Kansas' top election official, could violate campaign-finance law once last year, let alone twice. It's worse because the candidate, Chris Steineger, has been a state senator from Kansas City, Kan., for 13 years. He's had plenty of time to learn the admittedly tricky campaign laws. He's also been present for legislative debates over whether to change the law he violated when he used his Senate campaign fund to pay for political work in anticipation of a statewide run for office. It's hard to imagine that Democratic voters will be fully reassured by his statement that he "picked up the wrong checkbook and wrote the wrong check," as Steineger said Tuesday before the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission fined him $5,000. The Democrats' other choice on primary day will be Chris Biggs, currently interim secretary of state.