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New Kline ad called a ‘jaw dropper’

October 24, 2006

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— In a move Democrat Paul Morrison calls "desperate and sleazy," Republican Phill Kline's latest television ad in the attorney general's race highlights unproven, 15-year-old sexual harassment allegations against Morrison.

The ad has an actor reading statements attributed to Morrison by a former employee who sued him twice in federal court. Kline, who is seeking a second term, has made her allegations a campaign issue even though both cases were dismissed and Morrison, the Johnson County district attorney, paid no monetary damages to the woman.

Kline began broadcasting the 30-second spot across the state this weekend, less than a week after holding a news conference to publicize the cases.

Kline "lawsuit" ad

A campaign ad from the Kline campaign focusing on unproven, 15-year-old sexual harassment allegations against his opponent, Paul Morrison. Enlarge video

Kline spokeswoman Sherriene Jones defended the ad Monday as raising an issue voters need to consider before the Nov. 7 election. However, Morrison said, "Phill Kline should be ashamed of himself."

'That's a jaw-dropper'

The attorney general's race already was contentious when Kline began attacking Morrison over the former employee's allegations. The ad is unusual for having an actor portray an opposing candidate, without telling viewers they're hearing a dramatization. The actor does not appear on screen but reads the statements attributed to Morrison in a voice-over.

"As someone who's seen a lot of Kansas political ads, that's a jaw-dropper," said Bob Beatty, a Washburn University political scientist. "That's the kind of ad where the people sitting around planning the ad have to pause and say, 'Are we going to run this?'"

During a visit to Lawrence, attorney general candidate Paul Morrison, right, visited with, from left, Kansas University graduate students Russell Miller, Leavenworth, and Elaine Elliott, Nortonville, and KU alumnus Mike Peterson. The group was outside Wescoe Hall on Monday.

During a visit to Lawrence, attorney general candidate Paul Morrison, right, visited with, from left, Kansas University graduate students Russell Miller, Leavenworth, and Elaine Elliott, Nortonville, and KU alumnus Mike Peterson. The group was outside Wescoe Hall on Monday.

The ad also has an unusual ending: "To be continued" appears on screen.

Jones would not comment on whether that meant Kline planned future ads on the same topic.

Suing Morrison was Kelly Summerlin, who worked as the victims-witnesses coordinator in the district attorney's office. She filed the first suit in March 1991, a month after Morrison fired her, and the second one in May 1992. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission declined to pursue the case.

Morrison has said repeatedly that he fired Summerlin because he wasn't pleased with her on-the-job performance. On Monday, his staff issued a statement saying three employees left his office because of conflicts with her.

Ex-employee's charges

But Summerlin's version of events was far different. In answering questions for attorneys in May 1991, she recalled an after-hours office party in a bar in November 1990. She said Morrison made a drunken sexual advance at her, which she rebuffed.

Kline's ad has Morrison saying: "Don't get me wrong. I love my wife and kids, but I'm very attracted to you. What are we going to do about that?" She also claimed he described himself as a "manly man."

As for voters, Jones said, "They need to be aware of this behavior and consider that when they're voting for the next attorney general."

Morrison acknowledged in a sworn statement in January 1992 only that he had told Summerlin she looked attractive. He wrote that he realized she took the comment the wrong way and he apologized the next day for the comment and "any misinterpretation she may have made."

"Phill Kline's latest attack is desperate and sleazy," Morrison said Monday, speaking for himself and his wife. "We don't know when Phill Kline abandoned any pretense of a moral compass, but the pursuit of power appears to have corrupted Phill Kline in a deeply disturbing way."

The first case went to trial in July 1992, and a judge dismissed it after four days of testimony, before hearing Morrison's evidence.

The second case also accused Morrison of harassment, as well as retaliation and spreading false information about Summerlin.

Dismissal sought

Morrison sought to have the second case dismissed before it went to trial, but a judge ruled against him. The ad says the judge concluded, "There was sufficient evidence to continue."

The judge wrote in his August 1992 order: "Questions of fact exist such that a reasonable person could find in favor of either party."

But six months later, the parties agreed to dismiss the case. Their two-paragraph agreement says only that each party would cover its own legal costs.

Kline and his staff have described it as a settlement, but attorneys for Summerlin told The Wichita Eagle last week that they don't recall it as a settlement.

Kline's ad doesn't mention the ultimate outcome of either case, nor when they were filed, or the fact that Morrison didn't pay any damages.

Comments

DaREEKKU 8 years, 9 months ago

Republicans get away with murder in this country. Had any of the recent events, including those of Kline, been committed by a more liberal Independant or a Democrat the crucifix would have been up one day later.

willie_wildcat 8 years, 9 months ago

It does not surprise me about this ad one bit. Kline is soooo desperate that he is resorting to tactics such as this. It is also sad that people like macon will actually still vote for this scumbag. Guess some people cannot think outside the box huh?

BigAl 8 years, 9 months ago

macon47... sorry but that bit from the churches pales in comparison to this attack from Phil. (One difference is that the church situation was TRUE) By the way, NO ONE blamed George Bush. The blame game is pretty much part of the Republican platform: 1. Blame Clinton 2. Blame Hollywood 3. Blame the press

betti81 8 years, 9 months ago

I saw the ad this morning and almost spit out my coffee. It is such a desperate grasp for the edge of the cliff that it is almost laughable. Almost because unfortunately some people will buy into the ad.

yuck. Philly makes me wanna puke. He is the whole reason I took off early yesterday to make sure I was registered to vote here. November 7th, they all fall down.

leapinlemur 8 years, 9 months ago

FYI, Macon's agenda comes directly from one of those forwarded e-mails we all despise. Give the anonymous author whatever little credit or blame it deserves.

trinity 8 years, 9 months ago

i happened to hear that ad this morning while i was getting ready for work. and yes my jaw dropped. i am afraid phill is just over the edge nutso! it's beginning to show in his eyes, i think. just look at his demeanor and affect in his live shots.

and my dear free bud lite friend, if you're reading-you're SO right, you&i BOTH pegged it last wednesday nite! :)

badger 8 years, 9 months ago

Wow.

Just...wow.

All sleaziness aside, I fail to see how anyone could want an Attorney General who can't seem to grasp that fifteen-year-old allegations of which someone was cleared aren't exactly pertinent or relevant. It burns me that some people might actually look at an ad like this and decide that "Where there's smoke there's fire," and so vote for Kline.

I think my response would be, "Well, if Kline will stoop this low, he'll stoop as low as he has to and take every shot he can. Knowing that, and knowing that he's now reduced to fifteen-year-old unproven allegations, it makes me think that Morrison must actually be reasonably clean, because if there was anything of actual substance, or anything more recent, you can be sure Kline would have taken that shot."

That man has no shame, no sense, and no honor.

prioress 8 years, 9 months ago

How Christian of little Phill (as they used to call him in the House of Reps.) The TEACHER would not be pleased.

cutny 8 years, 9 months ago

Geez Macon, are you off your meds? Do you stand for anything or just hate everything?

You don't shop at Wal-Mart but yet you slander people who do not want another one built.

You didn't vote for Kline, yet constantly bash the party that is running against him.

Do you have any moral or political convictions or can you just not process the thoughts that come into and out of your head. Seriously, why are you so bitter? What's wrong with you?

nbnozzy 8 years, 9 months ago

can we keep this on topic and keep Bush and Ted Kennedy out of this? It's about Phil Kline and Paul Morrison.

BigDog 8 years, 9 months ago

I don't know how people can say the ad is not factual. Morrison is supposed to be an attorney. He should no as well as anyone that has even been to basic sexual harassment training, telling a woman that works for you she looks attractive to you is sexual harrassment. And in all the articles I've read he's admitted he said that to the woman.

So how is this ad not truthful?

justsomewench 8 years, 9 months ago

"...telling a woman that works for you she looks attractive to you is sexual harrassment."

not necessarily. go back to the books, bigdog.

thank goodness none of you are running for AG. keep your dayjobs.

Richard Heckler 8 years, 9 months ago

Attorney General Phil Kline should resign immediately!

Where is AG Klines big money coming from that enables him to do as neocon republicans do so well? AG Kline cannot run on the issues and resorts to character assassination with complete disregard for Morrisons family. Obviously a man low on integrity and honest approaches.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is not shy and chose not to pursue due to lack of substance. AG Phil Kline should resign immediately for practice unbecoming of an Attorney General.

prioress 8 years, 9 months ago

face it folks, both parties are trash they are all crooks, they do not love you they want your MONEY ======= A kernel of truth here, but they are allowed to behave in this manner because the sheeple choose to be lied to; as Jack Nicholson said, "You can't handle the truth." Start with the 70 or so TRILLION in unfunded liabilities we are leaving to our children/grandchildren/great-grandchildren, etc............

007 8 years, 9 months ago

"I love my wife and kids and all but i want to ## you." I love it. You sorry fools, Phill may be bad but you want to vote for this genius. I love it.

Calliope877 8 years, 9 months ago

I don't like Kline or Morrison.

Kine is an idiot, but I've actually had to talk to Morrison on occasion over the phone when I worked at the KBI. Morrison is an egotistical prick...but I guess that's a qualification for most people in politics.

I'm not sure who to vote for.:(

prioress 8 years, 9 months ago

Oh, and I forgot the cop in the bedroom....

And, the one in the bedroom will take still pics and videos (if he can keep both his hands on the camera) and email them to Rep Foley, Newtie, "Almost speaker" Livingston, etc. so they can have new screensavers...........

rhd99 8 years, 9 months ago

Let's get one thing straight! Kline had to use an actor to renact Mr. Morrison's voice! Come, ON! You got to be kidding me! Why couldn't Kline use Morrison's actual voice in the ad? I thought Kline was more creative than this! I am wrong! Kline has neither the creativity or credibility when fighting the the criminal low-lives that kill & murder innocent people & who have taken away Kansas Streets with their STINKEN METH LABS! Sadly, but truthfully those who voted Kline in are wrong as well. Kline's policies have driven Kansas BACKWARDS because of what kind of prosecution: ABORTION prosecution! Kline wants a fight, BRING IT ON KLINE! We the voters will bring you down at the ballot box, END OF LINE KLINE!

Linda Endicott 8 years, 9 months ago

Might I remind you, Macon, that the sexual harrassment accusation against Morrison was investigated at the time, and it was totally UNFOUNDED. He was totally CLEARED.

But Kline did actually send such an e-mail, and he didn't even deny it.

So, it doesn't matter how Kline conducts himself, as long as no one in the Republican party leaks it, and makes his despicable behavior public knowledge?

rhd99 8 years, 9 months ago

I'd like to drop Kline's jaw, so-called Religious RIGHT-WING NUT! OUT WITH YOU KLINE! Folks, November is just around the corner, Let's get out there & bring our friends with us & VOTE KLINE out of office!

Godot 8 years, 9 months ago

"To me, having an actor's voice reenact statements ALLEGEDLY attributed to Morrison without informing viewers that these were alleged statements and that the entire thing is a dramatization...that is not truthful."

Ummm, maybe they can tell that the guy in the ad is not really Morrison. I'm just guessing, of course, because I have not seen the ad.

This is another reason to subscribe to satellite and not watch the networks. You save yourself from having to watch local political ads.

oldgoof 8 years, 9 months ago

I've said it before and I'll say it again... .. Kline's chutzpah knows no bounds. .. And when the facts aren't on your side, turn to sexual inuendo. .. The ad by itself is a reason not to elect this person to any public office.

acg 8 years, 9 months ago

heysoos that killed me. Especially the Limbaugh snorting Doan's. I almost fell out of my chair!

acg 8 years, 9 months ago

badger you're so right. In digging around in Morrison's background, hoping for a skeleton or two that can be exposed this is the best that idiot Kline could come up with? Pretty lame, Phill, and going to be your undoing, because anyone with two brain cells to rub together is going to see that for what it is. A last ditch effort to save your a$$!

kansan3486 8 years, 9 months ago

The ad is on Kline's website. Very deceptive -- but also poorly done and, in the final analysis, ineffective. He doesn't have the TV money at this late stage to air a series of ads that will hurt Morrison badly enough to swing the outcome.

http://media.klineforag.com/media/Lawsuit_Ad.wmv

BigDog 8 years, 9 months ago

oldgoof - you are correct that the AG doesn't pass laws but they play a heavy role at the Capitol in pushing issues that are key to them. All AG's advocate for the legislation that they want.

1) Penalties have been increased for sex offenders, drunk drivers, drug drealers, etc, over the last 3 sessions.

2) The AG along with Rocky Nichols (former Democratic House Member) pushed legislation this last session that creates a new division in the AG's office that reviews abuse, neglect and exploitation cases. This legislation he pushed is response to the Kaufman House case. Over the last several sessions he has pushed legislation to protect seniors and those with disabilities.

3) He did help push for Jessica's law. No he didn't pass it but all politicians take credit if they played any part ..... ie. Governor claiming education legislation. -

nbnozzy 8 years, 9 months ago

is anyone who reads this forum going to vote for Phil? I'm not. I will proudly cast my vote for Morrison on election day.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 8 years, 9 months ago

Hey Folks, this blog is about Philly Cheapshot, not the shrub. Bang Bush on his own news reports. Heysoos, I love your post. Really illustrates a lot about the radical right. But lets not insult our great glorious leader Kim Jung, uh....Dumbya. Kline is far worse. Shrub can invade countires he and his buddies don't like. Kline can invade your life and privacy and is accorded the power to do so by the idiots that elected him. Let's keep focus hee. The real enemy is in office and seeking to return. That should be a clarion call to all who love freedom, justice and the rule of law, not a ruler with laws he feels are his to use and abuse those who he does not like or does not fit into his sermons. Dump Kline, NOW!

Laura Watkins 8 years, 9 months ago

Not truthful?

The ad is unusual for having an actor portray an opposing candidate, without telling viewers they're hearing a dramatization. The actor does not appear on screen but reads the statements attributed to Morrison in a voice-over.

To me, having an actor's voice reenact statements ALLEGEDLY attributed to Morrison without informing viewers that these were alleged statements and that the entire thing is a dramatization...that is not truthful.

ForThePeople 8 years, 9 months ago

I haven't seen the commercial yet....but this is just going too far. When does the mud-slinging stop and the focus on who's actually the most qualified begin?

Rationalanimal 8 years, 9 months ago

And history tells us the Salem witch hunts ended.

There's so much rabid foaming on here its hard to see through to the black ink.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 8 years, 9 months ago

If this deplorable act doesn't convince the voters what a disgusting, debauched, unprincipled, unethical, unfit, vicious, degraded individual that Phill Kline is, and prove his unsuitability to hold public office, then I do not know what it takes to wake up the slumbering idiots who voted for him the first time. Let's get this dolt out of this office and get a person who has some credentials, some respectability, and some qualifications for this important office and send Phill Kline to the scrap heap of has-been political hacks.

Shelby 8 years, 9 months ago

The Morrison (and Clinton, Kennedy, Berger, etc.) apologists on this board would be singing a different tune were the roles reversed in this case. No question.

promitida 8 years, 9 months ago

"desperate and sleazy..." haha sounds like Phil in NUTshell.

Godot 8 years, 9 months ago

"Morrison acknowledged in a sworn statement in January 1992 only that he had told Summerlin she looked attractive. He wrote that he realized she took the comment the wrong way and he apologized the next day for the comment and "any misinterpretation she may have made."

The sign of a true, blue bully, a champion manipulator. Behave badly, then blame your victim. for "misinterpreting" your boorish behavior.

oldgoof 8 years, 9 months ago

With all due respect, I too would ask Patriotman to substantiate how Kline has done a good job. My take on his 4 points

1) Increasing penalties? The Legislature and Governor do that. Not the AG. And it has been discussed here that the cumulative effect of several severe penalty increases enacted in the early 1990's created the spiraling-out-of-control increases in prison populations that created the need for sentencing tweaking with the passage of SB 323. Virtually all politicians are "tough on crime."

After seeing Klines attacks, others should now know why honest politicians tread lightly in making any adjustment to sentencing statutes.

2)Protecting those that can't protect themselves. This is just code-speak for the abortion issue. Yes, we all accept that Kline has gone to inordinate extremes in support of his position. But some of us see trolling in medical records without evidence of a crime as being George Orwell, not Joe Friday.

If Kline would come out and oppose currently accepted medical fertility practices (including IVF) I could intellectually accept (even though I would still disagree) with his pro-life political panderings.

3)Keeping the children safe. If this is about Jessica's law, again the AG does not pass laws. Legislators and the Governor were falling over each other this year to enact this. Any assertion that Klines support was pivotal or significant (which I have seen in Klines ads) in this soft-ball of a piece of legislation is totally hot air.

4)Consumer Protection. Give me a break. Klines own numbers show a precipitous decline in actions pursued in this division. Why do you think the state Chamber of Commerce is endorsing an AG candidate for the first time in record. It is not because of the abortion issue.

I am not sure the head of the consumer protection department, who in buying his own house, did not obtain inspections and thus had to file litigation against the seller.....is the kind of person who is competent to render consumer protection advice.
http://cjonline.com/stories/030605/loc_shallenburger.shtml

rhd99 8 years, 9 months ago

Phil Kline is a JOKE, only we're not laughing because Kansas continues to be smeared because of Kline & others who support his RIGHT WING NUT job extremist agenda! WE'VE HAD IT, KLINE! Celebrate now, cause the party is going to come to a crashing halt come November of this year, & in 2008!

SpeedRacer 8 years, 9 months ago

It is unlikely that this ad is getting the negative press in the West that it is getting here, and Kline will probably carry it again.

Baille 8 years, 9 months ago

Words come easy, but true character reveals itself through a lifetime of actions. Phill may know how to give a good sermon, but his actions over these past four weeks show that he has absolutely no character.

Obviously, I am no phann of Phill, but I am shocked at the depths to whcih he has sunk and the speed with which he has gotten there.

context 8 years, 9 months ago

I just find it revolting that Kline's in office right now, and that he's our state's chief law enforcement attorney ... where evidence matters!

My first recall of the depths to which Kline would go is his campaign against Dennis Moore several years back. Kline reviewed positions Moore had taken as a defense attorney and twisted them to pretend that the legal positions were Moore's personal view. I guess once Kline got a taste for scumbag politics, he couldn't let it go. And, I have to echo the sentiment from other comments: Phill Kline would pretend he's speaking from the moral high ground ... I think not.

cork_dork 8 years, 9 months ago

We all know that Phil loves to dig into peoples lives (and confidential doctor's records), so I'm not surprised that he did this to Morrison, but lets get real! How in the world can a right wing conservative who believes in things like FAMILY VALUES put up with the mud slinging that is going on????? Take about being hypocritical!

This sleazy idiot not only needs to be kicked out of office, I'm sure with enough digging he probably has a few crimes in his past he could be convicted of!

ksmoderate 8 years, 9 months ago

Macon, what does that steamy pile you call a post have to do with this thread?

prioress 8 years, 9 months ago

It is unlikely that this ad is getting the negative press in the West that it is getting here, and Kline will probably carry it again.

How right you are; if the sheeple West of Salina can elect Connie Morris, they can stomach Little Phill.

jonas 8 years, 9 months ago

Ted Kennedy proposes a toast!

Chuckle.

heysoos 8 years, 9 months ago

Someone e-mailed this to me before the 2004 National Conventions:

Republican National Convention Agenda

6:00 PM Opening Prayer led by the Reverend Jerry Fallwell

6:30 PM Burning of Bill of Rights (excluding 2nd amendment)

6:45 PM Salute to the Coalition of the Willing

6:46 PM Seminar #1: Iraq Stratergies-Voodoo/DooDoo WMD

7:30 PM First Presidential Beer Bong

7:35 PM Serve Freedom Fries

7:40 PM EPA Address #1: Mercury-It's what's for dinner!

8:00 PM Vote on which country to invade next

8:10 PM Call EMTs to revive Rush Limbaugh

8:15 PM John Ashcroft Lecture: The Homos are after your Children!!

8:25PM - Rush Limbaugh crushes and snorts 14 Doan's Back Pills.

8:30 PM Round table discussion on reproductive rights (MEN only)

8:50 PM Seminar #2 Corporations: The Government of the Future

9:00PM - Ceremonial Outing of 12 closeted Gay delegates - followed by tarring and feathering. Refreshments will be served.

9:05 PM Second Presidential Beer Bong

9:10 PM EPA Address #2. Trees: The Real Cause of Forest Fires

9:30 PM Break for secret meetings

10:00PM - Wrapping oneself in the flag ceremony.

10:15 PM Lecture by Karl Rove: Doublespeak made easy

10:30 PM Rumsfeld demonstration of how to squint and talk macho

10:35 PM Bush demonstration of trademark "deer in headlights" stare

10:40 PM John Ashcroft demonstrates new mandatory Kevlar chastity belt

10:45 PM Clarence Thomas reads list of black republicans

10:46 PM Pledge of Allegiance to Profit over People.

10:50 PM Seminar #3. Education: A Drain on our Nation's Economy

11:10 PM Hilary Clinton Piñata

11:20 PM Second Lecture by John Ashcroft: Evolutionists: The Dangerous New Cult

11:30 PM Call EMTs to revive Rush Limbaugh again.

11:35 PM Blame Clinton

11:40 PM Blame Hollywood

11:50 PM Blame the press

11:59PM - Bill O'Reilly presents the head of Osama bin Laden on a stick. - Oops! Sorry it's actually a wax replica - Retraction ordered to be aired once at 4:52AM:

12:00 PM Closing prayer led by Jesus himself

BigDog 8 years, 9 months ago

I guess a little mud in return is not okay for the Dems. Remember almost all of Morrison's ads have been mudslinging ads; ads which were on the air far before Kline ever ran a TV ad. Remember if you are big enough to sling the mud, you ought to be big enough to expect some in return without whining.

Unfortunately this is what politics has become.

jonas 8 years, 9 months ago

Hmmmm. . . what wonder Macon would have said had it been a liberal or democrat doing this? Much more colorful, I would imagine.

ladysilk 8 years, 9 months ago

Macon, That agenda has got to be one of the funniest things I have ever read!

BTW...Phil Kline needs an enema

justthefacts 8 years, 9 months ago

For those who do not like or approve of mud-slinging campaigns, please vote that way (i.e. do not vote for any politicians using that tactic).

Wait; that would mean we can't vote for anyone. Because the sad truth (or funny truth; the above two posts on national party conventions shows the lighter side) is that all candidates do it to some degree. Why is that?

Because, I surmise, because the voters like it or at least aren't too turned off by it to "punish" those who do it by withdrawing support.

The tactic of attack attack attack must be working - or no one would do it. We're addicted to watching others being ugly; look at the TV reality shows, the sales of scandal magazines, the gossip and hatefulness on forums such as this.

As much as we/I deplore the use of attack ads, they're more and more common. For a reason. It's what the public responds to best. It's what the majority want to see.

The days of civil debate and/or reasoned disagreement are over. Until/unless we start electing and listening to the folks who do not "play" the game.

Kontum1972 8 years, 9 months ago

desperate people do desperate things... e.g.,...ignoring intel that planes will be used as flying bombs....ignoring the advise of your Chief of Staff of the Army on the exact amount of troops it will take to secure Iraq then firing him....because it is not what they want to hear, ....people who use religion as their cover are in bed with the Devil themselves...God is not a Democrat, Republican, or an Independent....HITLER thought he was God....none of our presidents thougth they were God....except this" one that is in office NOW"....the term used the other day describing the President in a conference when he spoke was ....Messianic--(marked by idealism and an aggressive crusading spirit-a sense of historic mission)--NOW THATS SCARY!

Fred Whitehead Jr. 8 years, 9 months ago

"Sleasy leak???? When an elected official walks into a church, a public place, and preaches a sermon, a very public event, this constitutes a "sleazy leak"????? Let me get my dictionary, I think that this event qualifies as "public knowledge".

Shelby 8 years, 9 months ago

true dat, merrill, but 'twasn't my point.

rhd99 8 years, 9 months ago

Kline has conducted prosecutions, FOR WHAT!? He calls abortion clinic doctors CRIMINALS?! What did Kline do to John E. Robinson, Richard Grissom?! NOTHING! What has Kline done to convict violent MURDERERS?! NOTHING! Paul Morrison put the murderers AWAY! Kline is on a fishing expedition so he can push his ANTI-American abortion ban plan into action! He wants to protect life?! Why is he against women committing to an abortion if their pregnancies could ENDANGER THEIR LIVES! You want to talk about hypocrites? Look in the visual dictionary & there he is: PHIL KLINE! BYE BYE KLINE! Don't let the door hit your six on the way out!

Laura Watkins 8 years, 9 months ago

Godot... watch the ad. It makes it seem as if she had tapes of Morrison saying these things to her.

BigDog 8 years, 9 months ago

Posted by justsomewench on October 24, 2006 at 1:48 p.m.

"...telling a woman that works for you she looks attractive to you is sexual harrassment."

not necessarily. go back to the books, bigdog.

thank goodness none of you are running for AG. keep your dayjobs.


Well I went back to the books


The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Facts About Sexual Harassment Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when submission to or rejection of this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual's employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual's work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment.

Godot 8 years, 9 months ago

Well, a sure vindication of Morris would be if he went home that night and told his wife about the unfortunate misinterpretation of his purely innocent compliment. Wonder if that was in the evidence that Morris never had a chance to present?

Richard Heckler 8 years, 9 months ago

Why not send comments to letters@cjonline.com
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"The Morrison (and Clinton, Kennedy, Berger, etc.) apologists on this board would be singing a different tune were the roles reversed in this case. No question."

As the devils advocate: How do we know in the case of Morrison the woman was not happy being rejected after her advances? Like it or not too many women are attracted to men in power,wealthy,recording artists,good looking men with fine bodies etc etc. The bottom line we have neither the court transcripts nor evidence before us.

Kline allowed his license to expire. Kline chose to witch hunt. Kline needs to go.

Godot 8 years, 9 months ago

"the LAW found Morrison not guilty. You have no point whatsoever, face it Bigdog."

Not really. There was no finding of guilt or innocence. Looks to me like a good-ole-boy thing going on here. The facts look to me like a woman was hit on by her boss, she turned him down, he fired her, then disparaged her.

Classic sexual harrassment.

acg 8 years, 9 months ago

Wow, godot you actually believe Kline's nonsense? There's less hope for you than I had originally thought. Pity, really, that whole rectal/cranial inversion problem you have. I bet it's smelly in there. Smells kind of like....Phill Kline's latest attack ad?

jcantspell 8 years, 9 months ago

The amount of money spent on mud slinging is obscene May be politician should be jugged on the amount of volunteer work they do Then they would have less time to be bad Hear the campaign add I want to see Hi :.I've picked up trash in 1000 public parks I've volunteered 1000's of hours in rest home at the boys and girls club And home less shelters Vote for me

Bradley Kemp 8 years, 9 months ago

Warning: This isn't about Kline and Morrison.

Several posters have suggested that we're in the Iraq fracas because the president wanted to wrap up his father's unfinished business.

I don't think that's so. The presidents Bush don't even seem to get on particularly well; it doesn't seem that GHWB particularly approves of much of what GWB has done. I think if GHWB had wanted to go after Hussein, he would have done so at the end of Gulf War I.

Perhaps, though, GWB is acting at his mother's behest.

Shelby 8 years, 9 months ago

my point is that it's the same old story here....those who are unwaveringly supportive of the left (and, of course, the right) conveniently just can't seem to locate their principles when confronted with a similar situation that implicates a leftist (or rightwinger). Remember clinton-lewinsky? Do you think the respective political responses would have been identical with just party names switched, or not? This was my point. No objective observations are made by those who are biased, usually.

I never said this wasn't replicated by right-wingers. In fact, I e-nodded at your tangy (and accusatory) response to my observation. We all know Kline is being a complete moron by doing this. However, this type of ad is NOTHING NEW. EVERYONE has been doing this opportunism-in-the-form-of-campaigning forever. It would be hard to convince me, or anyone in their right mind, that someone like Paul Morrison would consider himself "above" such tactics. How can you accuse Kline of playing unfairly and at the same time keep a straight face? (i'm only assuming you're keeping a straight face when typing this stuff)

My complaint was, effectively, bi-partisan. However, the tone of it may have been skewed rightward, in response to the prevailing acerbic attitude of the lefties on this board. Lately, anyway.

Bobo Fleming 8 years, 9 months ago

Morrison was in position of power. The employee was not. Morrison was drinking. ( wonder if he drove home). Girl was offended. Person if position of power prevails. Female employee fired and can get no restitution. Now I know why Morrison ran as a democrat. If he had been a republican he would be tarred and feathered at this point by the libs. But since he switched its the female's fault ( she must be a liar) and Kline is bad for bringing it up

yourworstnightmare 8 years, 9 months ago

Geez, how desperate must the Kline campaign be? In the end this type of attack ad will hurt Philllll much more than Morrison. It smacks of desperation and "last resorts".

Bobo Fleming 8 years, 9 months ago

Having been a county attorney under Vern Miller, Kline has a lot to learn when it comes to doing "Jaw Dropping" things. I belive Vern jumped out of a trunk once to make a bust. And in my county he gave out "Special Agent" badges to some of his friends and we had a great time with those when they flashed them at the highway patrol a time or two when they were drunk driving. So lets have a little perspective please.

BigDog 8 years, 9 months ago

senegal66025

That's great. I've heard a few Vern Miller stories like that over the years.

And Bob Stephan stories too.

ksmoderate 8 years, 9 months ago

Rightthinker:

Oh, the Republicans have been VERY clear over the last 2+ years. They said that they were staying the course and Dems want to cut and run. Even the Prez said that, until his ministry of information cued him to say that he (and the RNC) has never been stay the course (this past Sun. morning on ABC). This all smacks of 1984....something to the effect of "but we've always been at war with Eurasia."

Is....Bush....a.....FLIP-FLOPPER?!?

OldEnuf2BYurDad 8 years, 9 months ago

Count me as one conservative who is not voting for Kline. When Clinton lied on camera about Monica, I yelled "He's too slimy to lead our country". Now, I'm saying the same thing about Kline. If we conservatives are going to take the moral high road, we need to be more willing to point the finger at "us" when appropriate. Kline is a political conservative, but not a man of honesty and character. I am not voting for anyone who is clearly that dishonest.

Shelby 8 years, 9 months ago

Mr. Booster, are you avoiding my argument with (typical) ad homenim tactics? I've made an acknowledgement of my heartless and derogatory comment. Have you of yours?

Almost on cue, you missed my clinton-lewinsky point entirely. Maybe someone can explain it to him? I'm growing tired of this.

Finally, Scenester Soundsentirelyoriginal, how about addressing the argument?

ksmoderate 8 years, 9 months ago

Thanks, but I prefer beer. And yes, I will enjoy a nicely chilled Pabst Blue Ribbon upon returning home tonight!

yourworstnightmare 8 years, 9 months ago

Come on. No one in the Bush admin ever said "Stay the course". That's just Bush-hatred, pure and simple.

I feel a holygrailale-esque laugh coming on....

HAHHAHHAHHAHAHAHHAHHAHHAHHAHHHHAHAHAH

Bush (and Talent, and Ryun, and Roberts, and Brownback, etc) are all flip-floppers of the highest order. They might even be high-heeled flip-floppers.

It must suck to be Talent and Ryun, saying "I'm with the president, stay the course." all the while Bush is preparing a politically-expedient exit strategy (a political cut and run).

I must laugh again... Caps lock on...

HAHHAHHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHHHAHAHAHAHAHA

yourworstnightmare 8 years, 9 months ago

When right-wing republicans get desperate, their devious, dishonest true colors show. First it is Kline's lesson in acting 101. Now it is Talent misattributing quotes to the KC Star, eliciting a demand from the KC Star to pull the ads (the quotes were made by McCaskill opponents in stories in the Star, but the talent campaign attributed them to the Star in the ad).

Pathetic. I smell right-wing losers going down in flames. Smells like buring chicken-hawk feathers.

yourworstnightmare 8 years, 9 months ago

I understand that Kline the Thespian has been put forth as a candidate by Johnson county republicans as Morrison's REPLACEMENT. Sometimes life is just beautiful...

Bobo Fleming 8 years, 9 months ago

So now I learn that part of the Morrison "settlement" was agreement that he not counter sue the lady. Thats great, Mr Big County DA with deep pockets and lots of "friends" threatens the little lady. Of course the Libs think this is ok because its what Bill did several times. It really doesnt matter who gets the AG job because in Kansas the AG doesnt do squat. 99% of the criminal prosecutions are done by the County Attorneys and DA's. So I really dont care who wins I just get a laugh remembering Vern Miller.

xenophonschild 8 years, 9 months ago

What Iraqi government? Some who post on this site seemingly ignore that there is no functioning government in Iraq. The country is spiraling toward civil war, and the "government" of al-Malkali can't stick their noses out of the green zone without being shot.

During the recent phone call the Iraqi "prime minister" made to Shrub, al-Malkali begged Shrub to guarantee his and his family's safety by having them brought to the U.S. - what no one asked was when this rescue was to occur. Figure it out.

Troops on the ground know the end is in sight; when the Shiite forces of al-Sadr begin attacking U.S. troops in strength, it will be all over.

Thanks, Shrub. You and Cheney and Halliburton and Kellog & Scott did a fine job trying to insure that American drivers always have access to $2.00 a gallon gas.

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