Topeka Republican Scott Morgan filed today to challenge Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Slattery and said he has enough time and a fresh enough face to beat the 2nd District congressman.
Morgan, a former aide to U.S. Sen. Bob Dole and Gov. Mike Hayden, paid a $966 fee to the secretary of state's office. He is the only Republican who has filed in the 2nd District and he is expected to be unopposed for the nomination.
The Lawrence resident noted that he resigned last week from his position as Hayden's chief counsel to run for Congress. In past races, Slattery's campaign activities have been limited by his congressional schedule.
``That's one resource I have that Jim Slattery does not have,'' Morgan said. ``That is time.''
MORGAN WAS not the only House candidate expected to file today. Democratic U.S. Rep. Dan Glickman, who represents the 4th District, planned to file later today. Glickman formally kicked off his campaign for an eighth consecutive two-year term with an announcement at a Wichita tavern.
In answering questions after filing, Morgan reiterated themes used by past Republican challengers to Slattery. He said Slattery's voting record does not match his more conservative image, and attacked Slattery for taking speaking fees from special interest groups.
GOP challengers Phil Meinhardt in 1988 and Phil Kline in 1986 used the same arguments, but each received less than 30 percent of the vote.
``I don't know that I'm using the same arguments,'' Morgan said. ``I don't think they were the right people at the right time. This is something different for Jim Slattery.''
Slattery has represented the 2nd District, which comprises 13 counties in northeast Kansas, since 1983. He has drawn a primary challenger, Mark Creamer, Lawrence, an advocate of legalizing marijuana who was sentenced last week to six months in the Douglas County jail on a misdemeanor drug possession charge.
Morgan, 32, was appointed as Hayden's chief counsel in June 1989, after serving almost a year as the governor's director of federal affairs in Washington. Before that, he served as the attorney for Dole's 1988 presidential campaign and represented the U.S. Senate on the Federal Election Commission.
MORGAN SAID he still expects to spend about $180,000 in his bid to unseat Slattery.
``I have low overhead,'' he said. ``TV and radio and newspapers are not that expensive in this district.''
Glickman, 45, was first elected to the House in 1976. The 4th District comprises Harper, Kingman, Reno, Sedgwick and Sumner counties.