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December 14, 2007

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Kansas Atty. Gen. Paul Morrison is resigning in the wake of a sex scandal, he announced at a press conference this afternoon.

"Many people feel betrayed by my personal actions, and they have every right to feel that way," he said. He said he had made personal mistakes, but had upheld the law while in office.

"This has been damaging to this office, my staff and the people of this state," he said.

He took no questions.

Kansas GOP chairman Kris Kobach responded:

"Questions have been raised throughout the Morrison tenure regarding whether he was willing to enforce laws with which he disagreed. In selecting the next Attorney General, I encourage the Governor to be careful to select an a person that will faithfully enforce all laws."

Morrison's resignation is effective Jan. 31, 2008. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a fellow Democrat, will appoint his replacement.

The announcement comes a day after Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline - whom Morrison defeated in the 2006 election - was given permission Thursday to hire a special prosecutor. It was widely believed the target of the investigation will be Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison.

The allegations against Morrison included charges that Morrison tried to get information about Kline's work as Johnson County district attorney.

On Sunday, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported that Linda Carter, Morrison's former director of administration when he served as Johnson County district attorney, had accused him of sexual harassment and attorney misconduct. Carter has filed a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the newspaper said.

Carter said she and Morrison had a two-year affair, the paper reported. Both she and Morrison are married.

And, she said, Morrison sought information through her about Kline's actions in a lawsuit involving Planned Parenthood of Overland Park. She also said Morrison tried unsuccessfully to get her to write letters on behalf of attorneys who sued Kline after he fired them when he became district attorney.

Morrison has admitted to having an affair with Carter, but he has denied allegations of professional misconduct.

After his defeat for reelection to be attorney general in 2006, Kline successfully got Morrison's old job as Johnson County district attorney in an election of county Republican officials. The GOP got to make the selection for the remainder of Morrison's term because Morrison was a Republican, who switched to the Democratic Party to face Kline.

Morrison had asked the Kansas Administrator's Office to investigate whether he violated attorney's code of ethics.

More information as it develops.

Comments

rumor_man 7 years, 5 months ago

Linda Carter must be one heck of a Wonder Woman.

outdoor55 7 years, 5 months ago

At least he was able to do the right thing... Unlike another "world leader" who said he would fire anyone who was involved in the leaking of Valerie Plame's name.

toefungus 7 years, 5 months ago

Biggs would be OK as Attorney General. But, why would he want it now?

BrianR 7 years, 5 months ago

Pretty well executed political hit.

cornflakegirl 7 years, 5 months ago

If everyone who had workplace affairs and relationships were to resign, there would be no workforce left. It's a shame that a public official with such an admirable track record had to resign because of such a silly scandal. It's just sex, people. Who cares. Leave it to be dealt with on a personal matter - this affects their spouses, not the general populace.

oldgoof 7 years, 5 months ago

I'll take even odds that you are wrong Agno.

Richard Heckler 7 years, 5 months ago

If you are correct I beat ya to the punch earlier in the day although no prediction of when was offered.

Still Kobach and Kline leave a lot to be desired.

At least Morrison had the backbone to leave rather than have his ability to manage the office of Attorney General compromised any further.

Let the legal process play on...

ksdivakat 7 years, 5 months ago

cornflake girl......if he lied about the affair and has no remorse as to what he put his wife and his children through, then what would make him a good leader? Its not about being perfect, or what party your with, or if its liberal, or conservative, but its rather about recognizing that your human and that we all make mistakes and that you make amends for those mistakes. He lied about this when he was running, and if its true that he tried to get home girl to do some of his dirty work against kline then karma is a B*%&$ man! what goes around comes around...thats all....by the way, im no kline fan so thats not the reason for my post!

Chris Beightel 7 years, 5 months ago

Oh how I loathe phil kline... Even odds that special prosecutor executes Kline's vengeance?

conservativepunker 7 years, 5 months ago

HeHe........sweet. Ash-Ur Kuraishi must be having a stroke.....Barb Shelley too. Kline Rules!!!

TheOriginalCA 7 years, 5 months ago

I love it. I absolutely love it!! Shame on both Kline and Morrison. More shame on Morrison for being a hypocrit. How in the world can you claim that you upheld the law when you have behaved so unethically?

Laura Watkins 7 years, 5 months ago

Marion, what is your goal here? Morrison made a big mistake and, even though he has yet to be proven guilty of any of this, has resigned. That still doesn't mean that you are right or that Phill Kline was a better candidate. Morrison may have let us down but he is still, by far, the lesser of two evils.

bearded_gnome 7 years, 5 months ago

bye-bye! all that Tiller money down a rat hole now!

Kobach is absolutely right, morrison didn't seem to enforce laws with which he disagreed.


13 December 2007 at 9:28 p.m.

Suggest removal Permalink Anonymous user bearded_gnome ( Anonymous) says:

thanks for covering that question Sigmund. yes, coersion means blackmail or threats:not good at all. also, if memory serves, she was in charge of admin in the office under Kline, thus hadconfidential personnel matters under her perview. if her allegations are correct, morrison was asking that the confidentiality be broken, that the position she was in hit a conflict of interest, and that she use her position to oppose her own boss. unethical, and illegal.


did morrison get a heart tatooed with "lc" in it, and then did he only have sex with his wife in the dark after that?

why is morrison even still in office now? Sigmund is right, Morrison doesn't demonstrate much loyalty to anybody but himself. when will his wife divorce him? her apology to kline very interesting.

the lurid story indicated that linda carter paid for the rooms where she and the morrison tristed:was he worth that?

dirkleisure 7 years, 5 months ago

Hold it - Christian Morgan says the KS GOP is not about the Kansans For Life agenda, but the official statement from the GOP chairman is 100% written by Kansans for Life?

Atta boy, Kansas GOP. Make it all about abortion, that is a winning campaign strategy!

thomgreen 7 years, 5 months ago

Out of the two evils (adulterer vs. crusader) I'd rather have the adulterer running the show, compared to someone that is putting his personal crusade ahead of his job duties. It's yet to be shown that the adulterer put his affair ahead of his duties as AG. With that being said, I'd rather have someone that is neither and adulterer or a crusader as the AG.

Doug Fisher 7 years, 5 months ago

i'm just glad he didn't pull a "Budd Dwyer". no need to let politics get in the way of your life.

bearded_gnome 7 years, 5 months ago

At least he was able to do the right thing: Unlike another "world leader" who said he would fire anyone who was involved in the leaking of Valerie Plame's -- "outdoor55"=another sad case of Bush derangement syndrome. this thread had nothing to do with Bush...however will hit your emptyheaded liberal-lie ref outa the park.

  1. bush didn't fire, because he couldn't fire Richard Armitage who did the "leaking" if such can be called it. no outing, no secret operative who parked her car in the public CIA lot FGS! and, fitzgerald did not charge anyone with "outing" a CIA agent because such crime didn't occur.

  2. scooter was charged with obstructing justice in a crime he did not commit, convicted by a moveon.org jury that would've convicted Barney and Spot because they work at the whitehouse.

  3. Armitage worked at department of state for Powell, and was an opponent of the war.

4 outdoor55, stop opening the inlet on your mind to the factless rantings of the hate-bush websites/blogs, they're dont doing you any good.

there ya' go...that ball is GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!

janeyb 7 years, 5 months ago

Biggs was the first person who popped into my mind.

Get all Republicans -- past and present -- out of the Attorney General's office and maybe something productive can once again happen in that office.

thomgreen 7 years, 5 months ago

One question though, is Linda Carter still employed by Johnson County? Is she going to resign her position also?

dizzy_from_your_spin 7 years, 5 months ago

It wasn't a political hit, it was Morrison's hubris and vindictive ego.

And anybody who thinks it was only about sex is a blind partisan or imbecile or both.

Haiku_Cuckoo 7 years, 5 months ago

It's just sex, people. Who cares.

Tell that to their kids. Anyone who thinks an affair is "no big deal" is kidding themselves. Lots of people get hurt, not just the two people directly involved.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 7 years, 5 months ago

Marion Did your resign from your job when you were caught fooling around?

Chris Beilman 7 years, 5 months ago

Morrison did the right thing ... too bad for him ... too bad for Kansas .. Let's move on.

Flap Doodle 7 years, 5 months ago

marion revels in the misfortune of others because it makes his own life seem less sad by comparison.

ralphralph 7 years, 5 months ago

Chris is a good man and a capable prosecutor. From what I've seen, he seems to lack the petty/mean streak that so many in public office. I'd be very glad to see him in there.

Lesson learned from St. Paul: 'Thou shalt not boink the help."

allateup 7 years, 5 months ago

Will Klines special prosecutor continue the investigation?

7 years, 5 months ago

This just makes me sick because I felt so good about getting Morrison elected and giving that rat Kline the boot. I hope this doesn't do lasting damage to the Democratic Party in KS. We've got the decked stacked against us as it is.

Ian Sotomayor 7 years, 5 months ago

Gosh people you don't have any dirt under your rugs at all do you.? So tired of people thinking that this type of crap is news whats really important is what our leaders accomplish. So you tell Phill Kline your dirty secret how convenient.

Sigmund 7 years, 5 months ago

There must be more to the charges than mere aerobic push ups or Morrison wouldn't have resigned. I would think the pro abortion sock puppets here would be rejoicing, Morrison brought the current charges against Tiller, not Kline.

Or maybe this is an elaborate scheme by Dr. Tiller to get Morrison out of office? Tiller prefers Chris "Backdoor Cash" Biggs anyway, and he can depend on Gov Kathy to do his bidding and appoint Biggs. Biggs was bought and paid for in 2003 and even though that cash is long gone, Biggs can't really do to much for fear his past and dirty cash from Tiller will come back to haunt him. He throws Morrison's current Tiller case and everyone is happy. http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2003/jul...

Sean Livingstone 7 years, 5 months ago

One thing the Republican can never do: Admit their own mistake and resign. The Dems have to do so much just to make sure the responsible GOP resign (like Larry Craig).

Keith 7 years, 5 months ago

"Marion writes:

I tried that line on my wife some 35 years ago when I got caught popping another gal."

Many have had their suspicions about your character, thanks for confirming those suspicions.

"Morrison turned out to be a scumbag so there ya go!"

And a better example of pot vs kettle has never been seen.

MyName 7 years, 5 months ago

No, dear boy, the only "misfortune" involved here is that experienced by the voters who misplaced their trust in a scumbag.

I'm sorry, but again voters were given a choice between two lousy politicians and they chose the one who could do the least damage to our State.

dizzy_from_your_spin 7 years, 5 months ago

One thing the Republican can never do: Admit their own mistake and resign.<<

Yeah. Ask Nixon. Or Gingrich. Or Trent Lott.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 5 months ago

If Kline and Morrison were the choices for AG again (I hope that never happens,) I'd still take Morrison.

justthefacts 7 years, 5 months ago

I do think it was the AG's phone that that was ringing. Some member of the audience (press perhaps?).

I suspect that Chris Biggs' salary as Security Comm'rs is far more then it would be as AG. Plus he'd have to withstand close scrutiny of his personal life; how many wives he's had etc. After all, that is becoming the litmus test. Still when the Gov. serves out her last term, the next Gov will be able to pick a new Sec. Commr, so Chris may need a new job. Of course, he probably got so many votes when he ran against P. Kline was just because he was not PK. Other names being floated for appointment include Matt A., her former counsel.

Wonder if L.C. secretly taped conversations with PM - that would explain a few things.... If I were PM, I'd take my family (if they'd have me) and move about 10 states away from Kansas. Soon!

justthefacts 7 years, 5 months ago

Do not think it was his phone. Left out the not.

Kathy Getto 7 years, 5 months ago

bozo - me, too. This is too bad for our state, but, you know the Kline camp will do anything to win an abortion battle, including lie. The truth will come out in the end.

Morrison's only mistake was having an affair with a psycho. And, just for the record, he has broken no law to date.

Sigmund 7 years, 5 months ago

Morrison brought the current criminal charges against Tiller, not Kline. Yet Kline is vilified and Morrison praised to high heaven by the usual pro abortion mindless suspects. On a gray cold day like today it makes me feel warm all over.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 5 months ago

I think Morrison brought the charges to take the political heat off from anti-choicers, and to be able to claim that he enforces laws regardless of his personal beliefs. Sure, that's a bit of a cynical approach to his job, but I'll take that over the ideologically driven fishing expeditions Kline engaged in.

Sigmund 7 years, 5 months ago

notnowdear, there was no spy let alone a "real spy." As a precaution, please limit your viewing of "Lifetime" and periodicals sold in the checkout lanes.

bearded_gnome 7 years, 5 months ago

so, two very partisan liberals here admit that if the ag is prodeath/proabortion, and a democrat, they'd overlook lying about an extramarital relationship blackmail, abuse of office, just to name three. if he were prolife and a republican they would be in high dudgeon instead, torches and pitchforks! they demonstrate their own hyprocrisy wityh their words. feminism used to be opposed to workplace boss/employee sex, that is, until Bill Clinton. apparently, abortion is such an idol to them they don't care what laws Morrison has apparently broken. I doubt morrison has resigned over disclosure of his affair, not with his track record. his resignation suggests that the other charges have evidence and merrit on their sides. wonder if tiller will give morrison a job now?

pinecreek 7 years, 5 months ago

Anyone remember that Morrison was a Republican before he ran for this office? What is it with GOP officeholders and controversial behavior these days...part of the party's job description? Just wondering...

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 5 months ago

No apologies from me, BG. If the choice is between Morrison and the self-righteous wacko Kline, I'll take Morrison.

That said, I think we can do better than either of them.

Sean Livingstone 7 years, 5 months ago

pinecreek (Anonymous) says:

"Anyone remember that Morrison was a Republican before he ran for this office? What is it with GOP officeholders and controversial behavior these days:part of the party's job description? Just wondering:"

Kind of scare me to death when I see any Republican candidates. GOP got a nice Arnie from the Dems, and he has not scandal like this yet. Everytime a Dem got scandal, they resign graciously. If Morrison is still a Republican, he might have fought to stay like Kline. It kindda reminds me of George Bush, and all his craps. Now, do you still want to vote for any Republican candidates?

KS 7 years, 5 months ago

Man, a bunch of sore losers. What's Kline got to do with this anyway? Nothing.

oldgranny 7 years, 5 months ago

Election night I sat right here and wrote on this very blog something to the effect that we probably hadn't heard the last of Mr. Phil Kline. That he probably wouldn't go away that easily. I am sorry I was right. The guy is a total nut job. Unfortunantly I bet we STILL haven't heard the last of him.

jayhawklawrence 7 years, 5 months ago

I congratulate Morrison for doing the right thing in an age when most political figures always try to wiggle around the truth. Unless something else comes out that makes this thing a lot worse, I give him a lot of credit for not letting this thing drag out.

The good thing is that the Governor gets to choose the best replacement. I hope she can find someone to make us proud Kansans again.

Sigmund 7 years, 5 months ago

Bozo I'll be slightly more generous. I believe Morrison brought the charges because there was evidence to support them, he thought he could prove them to a trier of fact, and they were far less serious than what Kline wanted charged. If the evidence in those files were to be released (Morrison was paranoid about missing files and missing copies of files) he could say he only brought charges he thought he could prove and not the more serious ones. If he had been sure there were no missing files or copies that might surface later, I doubt he would have charged Tiller at all.

Morrison changed parties because Kline stood in his way. When Morrison brought those charges against Tiller he complained that Kline had not turned over all the files and that is why it took so long. The most serious current allegation against Morrison involved trying to get information about what Kline had gathered against Planned Parenthood. Linda Carter was left behind hoping she might intentionally or unintentionally keep tabs on Kline's investigation of Planned Parenthood that could be be whispered over pillow talk. Once that extra marital tummy bumping stopped Morrison started calling Carter repeatedly at the office demanding information. It happened so often that it was notice by Linda's coworkers on more than one occasion. Morrison was obsessed with and paranoid of Phil Kline at least as much as Kline was focused on ending illegal late term abortions.

beatrice 7 years, 5 months ago

beardedgroan, "his resignation suggests that the other charges have evidence and merrit on their sides."

Well, there is a leap for ya. Of course, this is coming from the guy who moments earlier claimed that in the Scooter Libby case the jury was really just a bunch of liberals out to get him.

So, the guy (Democrat) who hasn't yet gone through a trial is guilty of what he has been accused of, but the guy (Republican) who actually did go to trial and was found guilty somehow is innocent.

Talk about party loyalty above all others. It staggers the mind how far up an elephant's rump some people can stick their heads.

Who knows. Maybe Morrison will reconsider his resignation, claim he was just trying to make it all go away and that he wants to stay in office because he really isn't gay.

Oh, wait, wrong political sex scandal.

EXks 7 years, 5 months ago

The guy is a total nut job. Unfortunantly I bet we STILL haven't heard the last of him.

take heart granny, Phil Kline hole will NEVER be AG again. Kline hole can gloat over Morrison's stupid mistakes and resignation, but Kline hole will NEVER be AG again and with that we can all rest comfortably.

Flap Doodle 7 years, 5 months ago

snap writes:

Still having a wonderful internet life.

BrianR 7 years, 5 months ago

"It wasn't a political hit, it was Morrison's hubris and vindictive ego."

Gee, we're lucky theres no hubris or vindictive ego in the KKKline camp, twit.

Mama 7 years, 5 months ago

I know this thread should be about Morrison, but my question is.....how is it that Phill Kine is still in office when he's actually broken laws and Morrison is simply guilty of cheating on his wife (which I believe is between them....none-a-mine!)

http://www.kctv5.com/news/14699737/detail.html

"While there's no legal requirement for the district attorney to work any set schedule or hours, Kansas law does require district attorneys to live in the county where they work."

"KCTV5 News caught up with Kline as he was leaving the Johnson County courthouse one afternoon and asked him about where he lived.

He pointed out that he owned a home in Topeka, but that he also had the apartment in Stilwell.

KCTV5 News frequently found his wife's car, which was also registered to the Stilwell address, at the home Phill Kline owns in Topeka.

KCTV5 spent weeks waiting and watching for him to show up there -- more than a dozen times early in the morning and late at night -- but not once did KCTV5 News see Kline in Stilwell.

On a recent evening, KCTV5 News did, however; catch Kline and his wife leaving the office heading home to Topeka. The next morning KCTV5 News watched as the two of them left their Topeka house and drove to the turnpike."

How is HE still in office??????

ASBESTOS 7 years, 5 months ago

This just shows the problem with the political parties today, your choices is a self serving adulterer in Morrision that has bad judgement on wher and whom to have sex with,

OR, we get Phil KIine a repressed bible banger whom is holier than thou. If this guy is such a "Christian" why the hell does he not "forgive" to be devine.

BOth of these guys were political and both are losers.

It is like South Park, our choices are a giant d o u c h e, or a $ h i t sandwich.

That is politics todya whether an "R" or a "D", "red state" of "Blue state", all the parties can put up are losers.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 5 months ago

" I believe Morrison brought the charges because there was evidence to support them, he thought he could prove them to a trier of fact, and they were far less serious than what Kline wanted charged."

I agree, Sigmund.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 7 years, 5 months ago

Well, Marion, I would like to know what is your business. I don't want to ever give any business to you, since you are a lousy husband. You apparently are totally incompetent in everything you do, since you can't even keep your pants zipped, and keep your marriage vows. No one should trust you in any of your business dealings.

justthefacts 7 years, 5 months ago

Never let facts get in the way of opinions, eh.

The affair between AG Morrison and Linda Carter began before he ran for AG. Before Kline knew he'd face Morrison in an election. So there would be no way Kline would know to "plant' her with Morrison ahead of time.

The reason Morrison switched parties was to help defeat Kline. There are bascially 3 parties in Kansas now. The Democratic party, the Republican Party, and the Far Right Republican Party. Dem's like Morrison and Moore are really very moderate Republicans in terms of their personal approaches or values.

Morrison has repeatedly said he is not a politician, he's a prosecutor. His running for a state wide office while engaging in an on-going extra marital affair shows how bad a politician he truly is; how could he not realize someone would eventually find out!?

Yet another male who lost it all because he could not ignore his ego and hormonal urges.

trinity 7 years, 5 months ago

a v-dub, eh? sigh ah for muscle cars.

this is all such a sad state of affairs. i did like morrison and it saddens me that this all happened.

toefungus 7 years, 5 months ago

Both Kline and Morrison have been destroyed or damaged by the never ending abortion rights battle. Just like all the rest of us.

Grump 7 years, 5 months ago

justthefacts, Sebelius better check Matt's closet carefully for skeletons.

RomanNose 7 years, 5 months ago

What does his sexual life have to do with his leadership? At least he didn't steal a cool $1 million from the taxpayers.

beatrice 7 years, 5 months ago

Who knew that people who respond to spam exhibit a given degree of intelligence? I would have thought it the opposite.

camper 7 years, 5 months ago

Man, politics. What a different game. I hope they find a good AG replacement, and also hope the best for Morrison. We all make mistakes and are human, but when in the spotlight things are put on display. Same goes for Deciphera.

Regarding Deciphera, there are a few things that just don't make sense:

"Specifically, Squier said it was not accurate to say that he pushed for the item to be on the city's consent agenda, which is normally reserved for items not expected to generate public or commission discussion".

"But at Tuesday's City Commission meeting, Corliss said that although he made the decision, it was Squier who had first suggested the item be placed on the consent agenda".

"Squier said he doesn't remember suggesting it be placed on the consent agenda, but rather that he concurred with it being place there".

"Squier was responsible for writing a memo to commissioners summarizing the background of the deal. That memo did not mention the tax rebate or the cash incentives for job creation. But again, Squier said he wasn't asked by the city to provide detailed information. Instead, he said Corliss asked him to keep the background memo under a page in length".

"And Barry Disney, an assistant attorney general who looked into whether Hack violated the state's conflict-of-interest law in the matter, conceded Monday that the documents provided by the city represented the only evidence he considered in the case".

"Each of the five commissioners, in their written affidavits, told investigators only that "neither I, nor any other commissioner, objected to the proposal" after hearing Squier's update".

"Disney said he did not question commissioners about their involvement in the executive session, opting instead to rely on the affidavits".

fetch 7 years, 5 months ago

Grump (Anonymous) says: justthefacts, Sebelius better check Matt's closet carefully for skeletons. ++++++ Sebelius doesn't need to check. Everyone in the Capitol knows.

fetch 7 years, 5 months ago

max1: since your posts are sometimes a bit lengthy, I wanted to repeat just this one part:

kobach: i've started looking into this issue. And intelligent design is basically just a slight twist on evolution:

Flap Doodle 7 years, 5 months ago

" 27 November 2007 at 7:58 a.m. Marion (Marion Lynn) says: Tell you what snap, I got a $5 bill that says changes are coming to your internet life and another $5 bill that says you won't like those changes!"

http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2007/nov/25...

Marion Sydney Lynn, your $5 bills seem to have not been telling you the truth. What did you think was going to happen?

fetch 7 years, 5 months ago

camper: don't hijack the thread. Keep it relevant.

willie_wildcat 7 years, 5 months ago

"Forget about Paul Morrison:.I'm having a hard time trying to figure out why two women would want Marion."

Andini you gave me a really good laugh on this one...

I figured when Morrison said he was resigning the whacks would come out and pounce on him like a pack of wolves. Though I am disheartened by all these shenanigans, he still did a helluva better job than that worthless piece of s^&* Kline. Perhaps an investigation into his habitation practices should be in order?

Dixie Jones 7 years, 5 months ago

eh the woman is prob mad cause he wont leave his wife, that and the fact hes making something of his self... old story just new people

badger 7 years, 5 months ago

You know, guilty or not, I respect the fact that he resigned, but also that he didn't just cut and run at the first hint of disapproval.

I mean, perhaps the reason he didn't step down at the first calls for his head had something to do with active cases, ensuring that the office would keep functioning after his exit, and trying for some sort of reasonable transition instead of just not showing up one day. I figure a couple-three days to hand things off and make sure things don't get dropped is a fair deal.

As to resigning before things are proven, that's his choice. He had every right to keep his post until some charge was proven against him, but to remove himself from his position (and therefore pull the spotlight away from his office and its daily function) was, I think, a more graceful and mature choice. Far better to say, "Hey, I'm going to be really distracted for the next several weeks at least, so I'm going to step down and let the governor appoint someone who's not trying to run the defense of a professional misconduct allegation from the AG's office," than to say, "To heck with you all, it's my job and I'm keeping it because you can't quite take it away from me!"

I think he made the choice that better served the interests of Kansans.

satchel 7 years, 5 months ago

oh the many memories of the mindless ones who believed everything they were told by the media and by Morrison and his campaign against Kline. I think The Kansas City Star and LJ World owes Kline a huge apology.

It turns out Kline wasn't after the abortionists because he was on a 'witch hunt', it turns out it was because they BROKE THE LAW.

Then Morrison, who is funded by Tiller and other "upstanding" abortionists decided he would protect them when they refused to report 9 and 10 year olds who were raped. I guess Morrison is o.k. with pedophiles getting away with molesting young girls, and apparently he is o.k. with abortion clinics breaking other laws as long as they give him money.

It is great to see that justice is being served right now.

Sigmund 7 years, 5 months ago

willie_wildcat (Anonymous) purrs, "he still did a helluva better job than that worthless piece of s^&* Kline."

Really? Except for charging Tiller, name one thing Morrison did?

right_thinker (Anonymous) thinks "no matter what he did, have a little compassion. He did the right thing. He'll be a better man. God bless you Paul Morrison. You were a Republican once, and you have a soul."

No he didn't do the right thing, he did the expedient thing, Like switching parties to run as Democrat, cheating on the mother of his kids, leading a subordinate into an affair by making promises then backing out after she left her husband, then harassing her when she wouldn't feed him confidential information. I doubt this is his Damascus moment and having an (R) or a (D) after ones name doesn't make anyone a good person with a soul.

No one wants or trusts him now, neither party, nor his wife, nor his mistresses. He's a loser and thank goodness he is gone, hopefully forever.

Grump 7 years, 5 months ago

Grump (Anonymous) says: justthefacts, Sebelius better check Matt's closet carefully for skeletons. ++++++ fetch (Anonymous) says: Sebelius doesn't need to check. Everyone in the Capitol knows.

OK. How about Sally H? No skeletons there, right?

fetch 7 years, 5 months ago

Grump, the Governor will appoint someone who has support among the state's prosecutors and law enforcement community.

Godot 7 years, 5 months ago

I guess Morrison is staying on until January 31 in order to begin an investigation of the validity of Phil Kline's residency in Johnson County.

Sigmund 7 years, 5 months ago

14 December 2007 at 9:10 p.m. spywell (Anonymous) says: One down, one to go!

"This isn't over yet. RoadKill Kline, still has his hand to play, or shall I say play with:

:That is after his head stops swelling over Morrison's surrender. : if we give him enough rope he will hang himself. Wonder if there's a staffer in the JCDA's office that will come forward and be a hero.

They'll have to join Carter, in Alaska! Of course. lol."

13 December 2007 at 9:14 p.m. spywell (Anonymous) says: "When Morrison, moved to the AG's office. Carter stayed to work for Kline. This was Morrison's mistake, he should of taken her to Topeka, as a staff member. Kline's been spending all his time culling through tons of cases and expense vouchers for a year trying to build a case against Morrison for any reason what so ever. Kline found where Carter had left several paper trails of expenditures and Kline calls Carter in and questions her about these expenditures."

......More mindless drivel from Spywell sans Carl Rove, aliens, and Haliburton Black Helicopters hovering in his bedroom. http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2007/dec/13/kline_hires_special_prosecutor_target_morrison/#comment_480831

Spywell, is it hard for you to believe your own ever shifting fantasies? My interest is only a clinical curiosity, not that I care.

sinedie 7 years, 5 months ago

As far as the new AG - someone who has served as a county/district attorney would be more likely than just a prominent lawyer - ALTHOUGH, when there is politics involved, you never know (the guy has to run in 2010).

Chris Biggs makes logical sense because he came so close to winning in 2002, but I would be concerned about the political viability of a guy who lost an election to PK :)

Sigmund 7 years, 5 months ago

So the answer is no, not at all. Interesting.

camper 7 years, 5 months ago

I'm gonna say after watching the clip, the AG came out and addressed the issue without pretense.

Sigmund 7 years, 5 months ago

Chris "Back Door" Biggs makes perfect sense since Tiller bought and paid for him.

Topeka - In the closing days of last year's election (2002) for attorney general, high-profile abortion doctor George Tiller, of Wichita, contributed more than $150,000 to try to defeat Republican Phill Kline, according to campaign finance records.

But the public knew nothing about it.

The contributions did not have to be reported until after the election, and even then, because Tiller's contributions were moved through two political action committees, it was difficult to determine who was spending what on whom. http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2003/jul...

George_Braziller 7 years, 5 months ago

Marion do you ever get tired of just spewing stupidity?

crispysyn 7 years, 5 months ago

Looks like Phil Kline's witch hunt worked. Way to go Kline. Got tired of crying in the corner since Morrison beat you in the AG race. If Morrison hadn't have come forward about his affiar, I wouldn't have put it past Kline to pay the lady who came forward to say that stuff happenned. If you haven't noticed, I think Kline is an ASSCLOWN!

Ian Sotomayor 7 years, 5 months ago

First off defender I am the wife here under my husbands log in name. As far as I am concerned Morrison has broken no law!! His only crime should be for his wife to judge. He made a mistake personally not as ag. Lets talk about Kline and his stupid witch hunt to dig up the personal lives of us women. Maybe he has something going on with his lady friend.

George_Braziller 7 years, 5 months ago

Marion go back to your bottle and leave relevant conversations to adults.

dozer 7 years, 5 months ago

According to Marion, its ok to cheat on your wife so long as you have a good excuse like it was during free love and you're a recent graduate. Brilliant post as always Marion. I can only hope someday you actually sack up and run for office. I promise to attend one of your debates.

cap10_insano 7 years, 5 months ago

It is too bad he left so soon. He shouldn't have resigned, at least not until the middle of November.

Ian Sotomayor 7 years, 5 months ago

Its people like you Marion who worry about the small Sh*t. That is so stupid!

dozer 7 years, 5 months ago

Stop picking on Marion, the last time he got some was 35 years ago during free love.

dozer 7 years, 5 months ago

You're still a scum sucker for cheating on your wife. But I'll let you justify that battle of morality on your own. I would point out that according to your morality, you can cheat on your wife but you can't get an abortion. How exactly do you square those two?

dozer 7 years, 5 months ago

Pretty good post enforcer, until the last sentence. I suppose if you did a line of cocaine while you were pregnant, it would make you smile, but what about your baby? Would you regret that?

Sharon Roullins 7 years, 5 months ago

Did she file the sexual harrassment charges before or after the affair?

youngitized 7 years, 5 months ago

You conservatives really make me sick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jayhawklawrence 7 years, 5 months ago

If we are looking for is entertainment, maybe Linda Carter should become the new AG.

Up to this point, she has managed to con all of us.

hipgrrrrl 7 years, 5 months ago

Someone who has the ability to justify cheating on their spouse likely has the ability to justify participation in other immoral acts. Just because something feels good/suits one's purpose, it doesn't mean it's okay. If sex outside of one's marriage is desired, don't be a coward, just tell your spouse. Let them decide if they still want you or not and then, get it on. Some spouses would choose to remain, others would choose to go.

So, having extramarital affairs indicate that one is - at the least - a) lacking integrity and b) yellerbellied.

There is no reason to expect that one should be able to have his/her cake and eat it too. I know, I know. Life is so hard and when we don't get to do what we want, we really are so put upon and suffer so much agnst and dangit, it just isn't fair! All reprecussions for our choices should be good, eh?

Why don't we expect anyone to have any integrity? Oh - this is about professional politians, isn't it :)? Even worse, professional politicians that are lawyers...egad - never mind. What else would one expect?

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 7 years, 5 months ago

So, hipgrrrl, do you think everyone should quit their jobs if they are cheating? All employment involves an amount of trust. I don't like people to break their marriage vows, and my husband knows if he did, I would divorce him in a flash. My 1st husband cheated, but that didn't mean he was a lousy worker. Cheating on your wife or husband does not make you completely morally corrupt. It just means you need control over your sex drive. For example, just because I'm addicted to chocolate, doesn't mean I would also become addicted to booze. There are also many thieves, which is a very bad thing, who would never kill anyone, an even worse thing. People are not just good or just evil (ok, maybe Phelps is an exception). We all have the ability to screw up. Fortunately, most of us do not have to pay such a high price for our mistakes.

classclown 7 years, 5 months ago

For all the possible reasons pondered for Morrison's resignation, I'm surprised that no one apparently has considered that he may have been leaned on to do so.

Many have opined that this issue could be damaging to the Democrat party especially if it was allowed to drag on.

Perhaps the guilt or innocence of one is less important than the political aspirations of another.

Just a thought. Something else to stir in the swill.

fetch 7 years, 5 months ago

from the star: New details about the affair and the allegations emerged throughout the week. On Friday, Harris News reported that Kline learned of the affair weeks and possibly months before it was revealed to the public, and that his investigator took a statement from Carter this fall detailing her relationship with Morrison. Details from that statement were later leaked. . . .

beatrice 7 years, 5 months ago

Oh well, I guess this sex scandal proves one thing -- once a Republican always a Republican.

tweak -- Phelps could not cheat on his wife???? I'm sure that news will upset Mr. Ted Haggard and Senator Craig.

Just joshing on the first part. It isn't the party, it is the gender. Vote for Hillary.

Godot 7 years, 5 months ago

According to the CJonline article today, Linda Carter resigned from the DA's office in November. One does not just "resign" from a professional level government job that pays $90K per year, especially when one was earning only $8.18 per hour as a clerk just 11 years ago. What's up with that?

Godot 7 years, 5 months ago

Does Carter have a book deal or something, is that how she could afford to resign?

camper 7 years, 5 months ago

Hope this blows over soon. Anybody know how I can get some diptheria stock?

hipgrrrrl 7 years, 5 months ago

dorothyhr: I never said anything about M's resignation being expected because of his infidelity. I simply pointed out that it is not unreasonable to wonder if one would be more or less capable of acting without integrity if they've shown a lack of it in one area or another.

It seems likely 1) he's been pressured to resign by different factions; 2) there may be some real issue regarding the charges he's been accused of (sexual harrassment, etc.) and 3) he's a jerk who has acted - at least when it comes to his marriage vows - without integrity.

And, if there's a public dust-up over the above points and doubts raised over his ability to do his job well and stay within the letter of the law because of it - well, I don't think that's ridiculous or unreasonable. There should be reprecussions for all choices (like I tell my six year old) and he's getting 'em.

camper 7 years, 5 months ago

This is a small stuff compared to the diptheria issue.

justthefacts 7 years, 5 months ago

Marion, just curious, were you present when a deal between PM and LG was made? If not, who is your source and were they personally a witness to the discussions? As you and any person who has ever had to prove violations of laws know, it's fairly easy to guess or theorize on why people do what they do (or do not) but quite a different thing to have factual evidence or witnesses. So please state whether you have proof or are just expressing an opinion.

The rumor mills I have listened to give out all kinds of juicy tid-bits that I cannot verify so do not repeat (e.g. here's a good one - that Carter is now dating Kline's lead investigator, a former FBI agent who was recently divorced after a marriage of many decades). While speculation and gossip may be a fun sport for some people, it would really help the process of electing worthy candidates if we did not have so many half-truths (or outright lies) to wade through!

I do agree with the poster(s) who have theorized that PM resigned b/c he realized the Dem's would soon be calling for him to do so - he would have no support from any corner. At least when RTS went through a similar scandal, he had been in office for years (and was re-elected two more times) and had the support of his party (at least publicly).

And why has no one thought of Nola F. (Wichita's DA) as a replacement? Although I doubt she'd want the job, she's been a very successful criminal prosecutor (and politician) for many years!

justthefacts 7 years, 5 months ago

So Marion are you saying that you heard this version of facts from a HUMAN BEING who heard the discussion? Or, as so often happens in Kansas politics, from someone who heard it from someone who heard it from someone etc ad naseum ....so that in essence it essentially became "a fact" - instead of a popular opinion or theory - by virtue of enough people repeating it as truth? I have heard a lot of "in the know" people repeat things that really never happened....

camper 7 years, 5 months ago

Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it. Mark Twain

justthefacts 7 years, 5 months ago

Marion, while I personally know that there are many conspiracies and crimes going on in and out of the government, unsubstantiated innuendo does not help to change the system for the better. It is merely gossip. I trust that if you - or anyone - has factual information concerning a crime - such as bribery or theft - you will report the facts to the proper authorities, including the FBI if you think Kansas authorities are too tainted?

rhd99 7 years, 5 months ago

Kline got his wish. Kline is a KLOWN with no KLASS! Yes, Morrison had an improper relationship. However, don't you find it ODD that Kline is not in his DA's office at JOCO half the time? Never there. I bet I know why. He made secret trips to Topeka to bribe somebody to give him his old AG job back.

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