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Kline’s ‘bottom-feeder’ ad sets tone for AG debate

October 25, 2006

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— A political firestorm raged Tuesday over a television ad by Republican Atty. Gen. Phill Kline that focuses on a 15-year-old unproven sexual harassment allegation against Democratic challenger Paul Morrison.

During a debate, Morrison, the Johnson County district attorney for the past 18 years, said the allegation was baseless and that Kline's use of it showed that Kline will do anything to win.

"What we are seeing here today is bottom-feeder politics," Morrison said. "This is the worst kind of politics, use of half-truths, use of innuendo by a desperate politician who will literally say or do anything to cling to that office."

But Kline defended the ad and said Morrison was trying to hide details of the issue.

"He needs to answer the question: What happened that night?" Kline said.

Meanwhile, a moderate Republican group called on Kline to pull the ad from the air.

"The ad is underhanded, untruthful, deeply personal and downright shameful. Kansans deserve better," said Andy Wollen, chairman of the Kansas Traditional Republican Majority.

Wollen said he still supported Kline, a conservative Republican, for re-election, but added "these types of personal attacks must stop."

Kline stood by the ad.

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

Kansas Atty. Gen. Phill Kline, left, and Democratic challenger Paul Morrison didn't have many positive things to say about each other during a debate Tuesday at Harrah's Prairie Band Casino Hotel near Mayetta.

Kansas Atty. Gen. Phill Kline, left, and Democratic challenger Paul Morrison didn't have many positive things to say about each other during a debate Tuesday at Harrah's Prairie Band Casino Hotel near Mayetta.

"Everything in that ad is true. It is taken right from federal court documents," he said.

The debate at Harrah's Prairie Band Casino Hotel and Convention Center was typical of previous, no-holds-barred meetings between Kline and Morrison.

Right off the bat, debate moderator Bob Beatty, a Washburn University professor, asked the candidates to address Kline's controversial ad that started running last weekend.

The sexual harassment allegation was brought by a woman Morrison fired in 1991.

The woman said that Morrison had made a pass at her during a party.

Morrison said in a sworn statement that he had told her she was attractive, and then apologized the next day for "any misrepresentations she may have made."

Morrison said the employee was later fired because of poor job performance. The woman sued, but her charges were dismissed in two lawsuits.

Kline insisted that one of the lawsuits ended in a settlement.

But Morrison said he and the woman agreed to dismiss one lawsuit after he agreed not to countersue the woman for making false accusations.

"We never paid a dime to settle any lawsuit because we weren't guilty of anything," Morrison said.

Kline said the allegations against Morrison were troubling.

"I have fired people in my office for that kind of conduct," he said.

He later declined to say who he fired or provide any details. Asked if he would fire someone for an unproven allegation, Kline said he wouldn't speak "hypothetically."

Wollen, with Kansas Traditional Republican Majority, said the candidates should focus on the issues.

"If the candidates for attorney general cannot run their campaigns with integrity, then how can we expect them to govern with integrity?" he asked.

During the hourlong debate, Kline and Morrison criticized each other's ethics and competence.

At one point, an audience member at the Kansas Association of Broadcasters' convention was applauded for asking the candidates to talk about their qualifications instead of the inadequacies of their opponent.

Morrison said his work as a prosecutor gave him the best legal experience to handle the job. He said Kline has been too focused on politics.

Kline said he has toughened prison sentences and won key legal decisions during his four-year term.

Comments

feeble 8 years, 1 month ago

If you can't beat your opponent on the issues, then drown him in a dirty-pool of lies, flim-flam and half-truths. Of course, it takes a skilled Politian or strategist to pull of that kind of Ad Hominum and it is pretty obvious that Kline and crew lack that political savvy.

rhd99 8 years, 1 month ago

Extreme right nut job is right on the nose, nomorebobsplease! So, with this in mind, LET'S GET OUR BUTTS to the POLLS IN NOVEMBER & VOTE KLINE OUT & Morrison IN!

craigers 8 years, 1 month ago

I really dislike the whole election time of year. You see all the campaign ads that don't say anything about the issues except for... "This person is worse than I am!!!" The ads disgust me every election. I would love to see ads that say... this is what I stand for. If you feel the same vote for me. I guess that is just crazy though???

lunacydetector 8 years, 1 month ago

having not read this article because it's written by a devout liberal, is this 'bottom feeder' advertisement regarding the 'morrison is a weasel' ad -direct from the topeka zoo? :)

Scott Tichenor 8 years, 1 month ago

Blaming the press on this one is simply an uninformed statement. Here's why. Kline barely beat Chris Biggs last time around, and Biggs was literally unknown in Kansas and received little support from the Democratic party. He raised not nearly enough money to run effectively but campaigned hard and lost by such a small percentage it took a day or two to call the election. The Lawrence Journal World, which is owned and managed by a very conservative family has only one time in their history backed a Democrat for Kansas Attorney General. It was Biggs they backed then, and I'll bet money they'll back Morrison this time. And they're not backing Morrison because they've switched to the other side. LJW can see as well as anyone that Kline is a liability to this state and is unqualified for the position.

Calling the other party fools is a part of the good fun many of us engage in, and I do it too, but the support for Kline among Republicans is weak and weakening. Morrison is correct, and so are a lot of Republicans. Kline is a bottom feeder willing to tell any kind of lie if he thinks it'll help him get elected, so he can continue his anti-abortion mission. Unfortunately we've only a few more weeks to read about this Klown.

Oops, I did it again!

opinion 8 years, 1 month ago

craigers,

You said: "You see all the campaign ads that don't say anything about the issues"

I agree with you. A lot of the time, even candidate websites give you little indication on where they stand. I was going to stick with the Republican ticket and go ahead and vote for Kline but this last ad is too much. However, I have tried to contact the Morrison team to get a bit more information on some very specific issues that are important to me. No response. I guess no one wants my vote.

Tychoman 8 years, 1 month ago

Great willful ignorance, lunacydetector. It really raises your credibility on this forum.

PeteJayhawk 8 years, 1 month ago

Phill Kline, aka Mr. Christian Morals, debating at a casino.

My irony-o-meter is about to explode.

lunacydetector 8 years, 1 month ago

i can tell by the author from past left leaning editorialized articles. that's what qualifies me to comment.

lunacydetector 8 years, 1 month ago

call it the truth if you want defender. i'll call it propaganda.

nomorebobsplease 8 years, 1 month ago

"Meanwhile, a moderate Republican group called on Kline to pull the ad from the air. "The ad is underhanded, untruthful, deeply personal and downright shameful. Kansans deserve better," said Andy Wollen, chairman of the Kansas Traditional Republican Majority."" THAT statement is my favorite part of this article. Even the "reasonable" Republicans think this extreme right nut job is in the wrong for running this commercial.

Go figure....

BigAl 8 years, 1 month ago

Typical far right-wing response: Blame the press

rhd99 8 years, 1 month ago

(KLINE COURTS CRIMINALS) That should be the headline of the year because honestly, has KLINE fought crime? HEEEEECCCCKKK NO! In fact under his watch, crime has SKYROCKETED! Are we safer now than four years ago? Not by a long shot! No, instead KLINE wants to prosecute ABORTION Doctors, nurses, & other clinical workers & worst of all PATIENTS based on records he ILLEGALLY obtained through an act of his own that is NOT based on Kansas law that is currently in the books! There is a difference between Paul Morrison & PHILLY CREAM PUFF. Under Morrison, we lock up the violent murderers of this state & throw away the key. Under Kline, we let violent criminals roam free & WORK in his office using OUR PRIVATE INFORMATION while he invades ABORTION CLINICS. He had a worker who was a convict working on consumer fraud issues. Wow, consumer fraud is a part of ID theft & KLINE HIRED A CONVICT to look after SENSITIVE CONSUMER information! VOTE KLINE OUT next month. Now, the choice is clear, CLEAN KLINE'S CLOCK! Morrison! Morrison! Morrison! Morrison!

oldgoof 8 years, 1 month ago

.....still waiting for Kline's FBI report.....

Richard Heckler 8 years, 1 month ago

It would be best to remain focused on the issues at hand rather than resort to Washington DC style politics of character assassination without foundation.

staff04 8 years, 1 month ago

That Andy Wollen is a raging liberal who the party needs to dispose of! He isn't a true Republican! How dare he criticize the blessed Phill Kline? Who does he think he is?

Oh wait...he's the chairman of half the party...

Linda Endicott 8 years, 1 month ago

Craigers, in the past, that's what political ads on TV used to be...talking about the issues, what each candidate believed about each issue, and what they intended to do once in office. If they mentioned the other candidate at all, they usually referred to them as "my worthy opponent".

Now, that was classy...

I'm not sure when all that changed...perhaps about the same time that all the commercials for products on TV actually began to name the other products (Tide vs Cheer, for example), instead of referring to them as "the other brand" or whatever.

Regardless of when it started, I wish it would STOP. I am thoroughly sick of all the mudslinging, by all the candidates, instead of talking about themselves, what they believe in, and what they want to do while in office.

I'm always relieved every time the elections are over and the ads go away.

xenophonschild 8 years, 1 month ago

It is no sin to dissemble to fascists; remarkable only that it took you so long.

rhd99 8 years, 1 month ago

Oh, one more thing, folks before I sign off, if fighting crime in Kansas means ILLEGALLY going after PRIVATE records of abortion clinic patients as Kline wrongfully likes to brag about doing, I have words for Kline & his supporters: THINK AGAIN! BYE BYE KLINE! Morrison! Morrison! Morrison!

cellogrl 8 years, 1 month ago

By the way, there are a FEW positive ads out there. Sibelius has a few telling what she'll do that will be positive and what she has done to help the state the last 4 years. She also does mention something about her opponent feeling that he has to sling mud though (although isn't her saying this in itself slinging mud?). But then she gets to the heart of the issue. I don't even think that she mentions "her opponent" by name.

xenophonschild 8 years, 1 month ago

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oldgoof 8 years, 1 month ago

To those complaining that the reporter or the paper has a "liberal bias" here I would suggest that 1) they have never worked with this reporter, and 2) they have never worked with the LJW editors.

Nuggest's 8:02 comments about the paper are 100% accurate. Kudos nugget.

rhd99 8 years, 1 month ago

LJW had NO liberal bias. The ads against Phil Kline are TRUE! In fact, the LJW has been accused of being too conservative! They are neither, folks. Phil Kline using a 15 year old case that has been DROPPED only goes to show why he is NOT good for the AG office. What did he do to lock away John Robinson & Richard Grossman Grissom? NOTHING! Who locked these two freak shows away? MORRISON! Get your facts straight!

Eride 8 years, 1 month ago

One of the only positive points of our democratic system is these wonderful negative smear campaigns!

Morrison sexual harasses his employees!

Kline is an idiot who uses his office unethically!

Jim Talent hates people with Parkinson's disease!

Michael J Fox is faking the symptoms of Parkinson's disease even though he has it...!

John Kerry isn't a decorated officer from Vietnam he is a coward!

The politicians run these advertisements because they work. The vast majority of the population who vote do so through their emotions, most of them aren't even remotely aware of the issues, a politicians stand or a politicians actual voting record. This is why we see these smear campaigns and why the only thing we ever hear out of a politician's mouth are bullet points.

Good riddance to them all.

youngitized 8 years, 1 month ago

You Conservatives remind me of this saying..."Vote Republican, its easier than thinking."

spym00se 8 years, 1 month ago

Come on guys, lunacydetector is just using the same argument WE use for not reading any of HIS comments.

nbnozzy 8 years, 1 month ago

If any of you still plan to vote for Phil Kline, can you give me a sound reason as to why?

opinion 8 years, 1 month ago

youngitized said:

You Conservatives remind me of this saying..."Vote Republican, its easier than thinking."

I have noticed that some on this board have a tendency to resort to calling into question someone's intelligence if they don't agree with them. Youngitized, I don't know you and you may be brighter than I, but I have thought long and hard on the issues and the two parties and feel very secure my vote on Election Day if well informed. Actually, the time in my life that I didn't study the issues, I voted Democrat, as did many I used to hang around with. Now, I vote Republican. Not because I believe Democrats are stupid, but because the Republican platform more accurately represents my position on most issues.

Stop trying to marginalize others just because they don't see it your way.

Kim Gouge 8 years, 1 month ago

"If the candidates for attorney general cannot run their campaigns with integrity, then how can we expect them to govern with integrity?"

Great point. Sorry Phill, my republican registered vote will go to Mr. Morrision.

Jamesaust 8 years, 1 month ago

"I have fired people in my office for that kind of conduct," he said.

Does Kline have any idea of the liability he would set the AG's office, and therefore the State, up for if he fired someone on the basis of (1) an unproven and (2) non-substantial remark as is alledged here?

There's a stark difference between an allegation and a fact as well as between harrassment and boorish behavior.

"[Kline] later declined to say who he fired or provide any details. Asked if he would fire someone for an unproven allegation, Kline said he wouldn't speak "hypothetically."'

Just like every other Phill Kline claim - all talk, no substance.

jcantspell 8 years, 1 month ago

I wonder if Mr. Kline ask him self. What would Jesus do! Before he ran that ad.

EXks 8 years, 1 month ago

Typical Kline propaganda trash by a defunct dysfunctional hysterical political hack. Like a good poodle he's taking his orders from that other GOP trash hack, Karl Rove.

This crap is similar to other desperate divisive GOP's tactics the two crown jewels they're famous for, race baiting and homophobia

The 1988 Willie Horton ad smearing Dukakis.

The 2000 South Carolina primary smearing John McCain, calling him the fag candidate and slurring his 'dark-skinned' adopted daughter.

It continues today in the 2006 Senate and House races with the Tennessee Democratic candidate Harold Ford, an African-American, accusing him of being a playboy who chases white women and who takes paybacks from the porn industry.

Of course, now they're dragging out the homo card, to scare all the insecure heterosexuals, claiming that gay marriage is a sure thing if the Dems win.

The irony of all this is that the GOP cut and run record of their failed economic policies and a failed war in Iraq is overshadowed by their divide and conquer fear mongering, race baiting, homophobic propaganda.

Baille 8 years, 1 month ago

I wonder how Phill justifies this kind of sleaze? Does he think that the nobility of his agenda justifies using the sleazy means he is employing to retain his grip on the AG's office? That is how he justified violating court orders in the Alpha Medical case, in which he was found to have acted unethically.

Law enforcement is not an area where the desirability of the end can ever justify the use of illegal means. Just as one can not break the law in enforcing the law, one can not allow themselves to give in to the temptation to act unethically and immorally in one's drive to achieve a "moral" end.

Phill has given in to the base desire to maintain power. He has surrendered all claims to the moral highground in a desparate bid to remain in office. Phill deserves no respect and he is not qualified to serve as our AG.

cutny 8 years, 1 month ago

Loved the ad. Desperate measures coming from a desperate man.

BOE 8 years, 1 month ago

by Patriotman October 25, 2006 at 12:45 p.m

" I knew a lawyer in Springfield MO that would be rolling in his grave if he knew the depths of some liars on this forum. "

===

Would you mind naming that Springfield MO lawyer....or is that a state secret?

BOE 8 years, 1 month ago

by right_thinker October 25, 2006 at 2:14 p.m.

" BOE, I have a clue of who the lawyer may be???

Patriotman??? "

===

Well you're certainly one-up on me. I'll admit I'm clueless on this one.

opinion 8 years, 1 month ago

scenebooster,

"GOP has done a fabulous job of screwing this country into the ground in the last 5.5 years"

I agree with you for the most part on this. However, I don't think it is because the platform is wrong but rather the Republican candidates have not acted in accordance with the platform. The spending we are seeing now is unbelieveable.

And yes, I do subscribe to the Republican platform stance on social issues.

BigAl 8 years, 1 month ago

right_thinker.. Hey, I tend to agree with you on some newspapers being left. Not all by any means. Actualy the Journal World probably leans right on its' editorials. But, bottom line, it isn't like O'Reilly would have you believe. Fox news is much further right than even CBS is left. I definitely believe that. I get 90% of my news from Fox. Talk radio is overwhelmingly right... almost far-right. It's popular to say that the media is left but that "don't make it so." There is plenty of bias on both sides........

Bud Stagg 8 years, 1 month ago

As a general rule, sad to say I am a republican. Kline makes my skin crawl. This guy has been slimey from the start. How he continues to run as a republican or runs for office at all is beyond me. But both parties have these kind of jerks.

It's the same reason people like Bush get elected, the democratic party has no one better than a "Klinette" type person to run against him. So we as an american people, Republican or Democrat, lose. The only reason the Republicans stay in power is because they work as a team, Democrats are a bunch of individuals who can't pull together.

I think the political system in this country sucks. Everyone is so polorized Republican or Democrat that they forget to vote for good people. As a result, good people don't run for office.

The party system should be abolished.

Kontum1972 8 years, 1 month ago

the only smear tactics these clowns should focus on ....is the one in their BVDS....IDIOTS!

BTW..whats th big draw to being a politician?

mb its the perks, the sexual perversion, the parties, the donations...what is it?

how come we dont hear about Jeana, and Jenna anymore..the shrubs vixen daughters,,,,how would u like to be their secret service agents....bet they have some good stories....they like fell off the radar scope....all these years...Hmmmmmm......!

monkeyspunk 8 years, 1 month ago

I am a republican who will be voting for Morrison.

I find it sadly ironic that the man running for Attorney General has not only thrown out the concept of "Innocent until proven guilty" but implemented a new shiny concept "Guilty even after proven innocent."

I wonder how much of the Western Kansans are paying attention to this, because regardless of how much some of the more vicious liberals on this site like to make fun of the people out there, I reason that they would find Kline's actions as distasteful as the rest of us if allowed to see everything that we are.

BOE 8 years, 1 month ago

Props to LJW. That's a helluva good photo.

Now listen up kids, it's time for the Kline Kampaign's, "Kharacter Kounts!" Tip O' the Week:

"When the going gets tough, the Phillth get going... to the gutter."

EXks 8 years, 1 month ago

right_thinker,

You need to step outside your world of Faux News and Rush Limpbaugh and join the real world.

But like the sleeping sheep you guys on the right are, chances of that happening are about as good as Bush & Company giving the little guy an hones tax break.

Eventually you will follow Bush & Co. off that cliff.

But hey, in the interim, keep on entertaining us with your funny comments!

lunacydetector 8 years, 1 month ago

boy, i sure got a lot of your panties in a bunch didn't i? perhaps i wasn't funny enough for you.

now, will the free speech hating liberals out there stop stealing my Ryun sign out of my front yard? i've 'had enough' of nancy boyda supporters. incidentally, her political sign has got to be the worst sign i have ever seen. notice how the ryun supporters do NOT steal her signs?

ksmoderate 8 years, 1 month ago

O'Reilly, H+C, and Rush are not reporters. They are blowhards.

Wolf Blitzer is a reporter. He reports the news just like the major networks do, sans bias. He was the White House chief correspondent for how long?

Nate Poell 8 years, 1 month ago

"boy, i sure got a lot of your panties in a bunch didn't i?"

It really doesn't appear so. It looks more like scenebooster called you out to provide some evidence of editorializing in the article, which you had admitted not reading. After that you got taken to the mat for not providing examples while continuing to make inflammatory posts. Simple enough.

EXks 8 years, 1 month ago

right_thinker, deep down, you're probably a nice person, just like my old step-dad was. He and I used to push each other buttons when it came to politics, but at the end of the day, we'd share a can of beer and watch football. maybe we all of us on here should try and do that...LOL

About O'Reilly, my mom liked some of the stuff that guy would say. O'Reilly always reminded me of that mean old know it all guy Mr. Wilson, on Dennis the Meanace.

Baille 8 years, 1 month ago

What was the lie, Parkay? The lies of Kline have been explicitly shown and substantiated on this forum, but I didn't hear that Morrison got caught in a lie. What I understood was that the two pundits on 580 tried to dreg up the false accusations that Kline has been slinging and Morrison told them to stick to the issues. I guess he should have expected something like that by agreeing to be interviewed by two who have had some success by carrying Kline's water, but that does not equate to him being caught in a lie.

Please explain, I am interested in knowing what happened.

bevy 8 years, 1 month ago

I think we need to just VOTE EVERYONE OUT and start over. TERM LIMITS, people! The reason we keep reelecting crappy people to run our government is that the seniority system in Washington gives more power to those that have been there longer. People vote guys like Strom Thurmond back into office over and over, even when they are 90+ years old and can't hear any of what they are debating, because they don't want to lose the power and influence their state has gained over the years.

The founders never intended Congress to be a lifelong career. They considered it a duty and often, a damned inconvenient one.

I'm having a bumper sticker printed for the back of my van. It will say "Vote Them All Out!!"

All that being said, the political ads give me the heebies. The Boyda one on the radio where the guy says that Jim Ryun is "Too comfortable in Warshinton" The guy can't even prounounce our nation's capital properly, why would I listen to him? I didn't get my degrees from WaRshburn University, either.

I have to say, though, that I loved the latest iteration of this ad, where Boyda's hubby comes on at the end and says she can't talk right now because she's in the shower -- scrubbing off all the mud Ryun has been slinging. Too bad no one wants to tell us what they WILL do if elected.

Voting for all non-incumbents in 2006.

EXks 8 years, 1 month ago

I think we need to just VOTE EVERYONE OUT and start over. TERM LIMITS, people! ...posted by bevy

As on old fashioned liberal I totally AGREE!!

Both sides have tons of dead weight we need to get rid of, both in Washington and state legislatures! These guys stay in there forever and then collect millions in government pensions....us working stiff should be so lucky!

evil_conservative 8 years, 1 month ago

Not that anyone would take time to actually listen to words instead of party rhetoric, here is Morrison in all of his glory. This guy would be fantastic in front of the Supreme Court...

http://www.raubinandmegan.com/audio/morrisonmeltdown.mp3

Godot 8 years, 1 month ago

"Wolf Blitzer is a reporter. He reports the news just like the major networks do, sans bias. "

You are kidding, right?

Godot 8 years, 1 month ago

"Actually Godot, Wolf Blitzer has more credibilty than Bill O'Reilly."

But I thought Blitzer was a "credible reporter", and O'Reilly was a blow-hard.

Then why try to compare? Who cares? Jeeez.

Kodiac 8 years, 1 month ago

"Or what about "Moveon.org ocrats"?"

Say RT we can shorten that to orgycrats and I would be Woohoo! I'm in that group dudes.....

Porter 8 years, 1 month ago

Kodiac - Where do I sign up?? I'll work hard to promote the Orgycrat party!! As in political party...well....whatever.

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