Archive for Tuesday, October 3, 2006

GOP chairman comes out swinging

Shallenburger accuses Sebelius’ running mate of benefiting from legislation

October 3, 2006


Christian Morgan, left, confers with Jim Barnett, Republican candidate for Kansas governor, as they respond to questions posed by readers. Morgan, campaign manager for Barnett, typed Barnett's dictated responses during a chat Monday at the News Center, 645 N.H. To read a transcript of the chat, go to

Christian Morgan, left, confers with Jim Barnett, Republican candidate for Kansas governor, as they respond to questions posed by readers. Morgan, campaign manager for Barnett, typed Barnett's dictated responses during a chat Monday at the News Center, 645 N.H. To read a transcript of the chat, go to

— Unhappy with media coverage of the governor's race, Kansas Republican Party Chairman Tim Shallenburger on Monday accused Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' running mate, Mark Parkinson, of benefiting from legislation.

Parkinson, a former legislator, denied the charge and called Shallenburger's broadside "just the nature of politics."

Joe Aistrup, head of the political science department at Kansas State University, said Shallenburger's remarks showed that he was getting frustrated by poll numbers that show Sebelius ahead of Republican nominee Jim Barnett.

"He's got to be feeling right now that he's grasping at straws," Aistrup said. A new Rasmussen Reports poll shows Sebelius leading Barnett 48 percent to 39 percent.

Shallenburger said he was frustrated by the media not digging into Parkinson, a former state Republican Party chairman who recently switched to the Democratic Party to run as Sebelius' lieutenant governor.

Shallenburger said Parkinson had shepherded legislation in 1993 that helped promote the development of assisted living centers. Later, a company formed by Parkinson to build nursing and assisted living facilities, sold for $29 million.

"I think that is why he introduced legislation: to make himself $29 million," Shallenburger said.

He also said Parkinson's law office made $800,000 in legal fees during Sebelius' administration.

Parkinson said Monday that in 1993 he voted for a bill that helped develop assisted living facilities. He said he wasn't the sponsor of the bill, nor did he help move its passage through the Legislature.

Three years later, after he left the Legislature, Parkinson said he got into the nursing home and assisted living business.

As far as legal fees from the Sebelius administration, Parkinson said he never benefited because he left his law firm in 1999, three years before Sebelius was elected governor in 2002.

"I had no partnership interest and received no money from the state during the time the governor has been in office," he said.


Vince 11 years, 6 months ago

How convienient that Shallenburger over looks Susan Wagle's voting record on expanded gambling. Maybe he was too busy wooping it up at one of her Wichita Bingo Parlors.

If Parkinson can cast one vote 13 years ago that helped him today - let's get him to tell us lottery numbers, who wins on survivor this season, and if KU will make it to the Final Four - because obviously he can see the future.

youngitized 11 years, 6 months ago

Just another desperate attempt by the Republicans to try and discredit a governor who flirted with 70% approval ratings. Shallenburger, needs only to look at his candidate for Lt. Governor, Susan Wagle, who is too crazy to even be elected.

GOPConservative 11 years, 6 months ago

Maybe Republicans wouldn't have to change parties if Shallenberger, Kline, Ryun and the other crackpots would switch to the Socialist Party where they belong.

The GOP in Kansas is in shambles because Shallenberger, Kline, Ryun, etc. have used tainted money from Jack Abramhoff and other outside criminal groups, have used lies and misinformation, and have supported big-government socialism and fiscal liberalism.

Then, they lie about it. I can't believe Ryun's TV ads where he claims to have always wanted to be an "environmentalist" but the "liberals in Washington" have kept him from being one. Or the one when he claims to be a fiscal conservative after he and others in Congress have borrowed more money than any Congress in American History. He's an even bigger liar as Kline, which I didn't think was possible.

The GOP needs to get back to our traditional values and get rid of corrupt leaders like Shallenberger, Ryun and Kline, who believe in the opposite of traditional Republican values like privacy, honesty, free enterprise and limited government.

With upsets by Morrison and Boyda, the re-election of Sebelius and a majority of intelligent and informed members on the Kansas Board of Education, I predict a top-to-bottom change in leadership for my Party in Kansas after another embarrassing fall election. Those changes are long overdue.

BrianR 11 years, 6 months ago

GASP! A legislator benefiting from legislation! That's a you got?

oldgoof 11 years, 6 months ago

Doesn't anybody remember the fraudulent "Biocore" company that both Kline and Shallenburger were working on behalf of WHILE THEY WERE LEGISLATORS?

ASBESTOS 11 years, 6 months ago

From a conservative, ALL the posts thus far commenting on the state of the Republican party in Kansas, is DEAD SPOT ON!

I don't usually agree with most on hser, but this time I do. The Kansas Radical whackos are hurting the party and they do not even recognize it.

GOPCon, GREAT analysis!

GOPConservative 11 years, 6 months ago

I think it is the two cups of Tazo Zen tea I drink each morning.

BOE 11 years, 6 months ago

"BioCore came under scrutiny in 1997 amid allegations that it hired three state lawmakers to gain access to taxpayer money. Those politicians were Phill Kline, now the state attorney general; former House Speaker Tim Shallenburger, who also served as state treasurer from 1999 to 2003; and former state Rep. Greg Packer.

Kline worked for BioCore in 1996, when he was in the House, but resigned before the start of the 1997 legislative session. "


So that's why Mr. "highly ethicaLL and moraLL" was so busy that his LLaw LLicence LLapsed.


Do you suppose when he pulls another stunt to appear on Faux and enters O'leilly's "Tornado Alley" (nee "No Spin Zone"), BiLL and PhiLL will discuss it? ;)

And Timmy, who remains crushed over his '02 trouncing, still projectile vomits his bile laden nastiness and deceptions as though it will have a better effect than 4 years ago.

Even Bob Stephan has seen enough to make him ill.

Hopefully Kansas voters will wise up to these LLiars.

ASBESTOS 11 years, 6 months ago

"I'm an Arizona Ginseng and Honey fan but I might have to change brands."

Don't change brands just because I like it.

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