Archive for Thursday, September 20, 2007

Phill Kline won’t run for office in 2008

September 20, 2007


Phill Kline

Phill Kline

Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline, a former Kansas Attorney General, won't seek public office in 2008.

Kline released a short statement to that effect this morning through his office's public information officer.

"Elected office is not the only manner in which one can engage with passion the significant issues of the day and after my tenure as district attorney I will engage other opportunities in which to do so," according to the statement.

Spokesman Brian Burgess said the statement speaks for itself and that Kline was concentrating on finishing out the remainder of his term as district attorney.

A conservative Republican who is known for his anti-abortion stance, Kline was elected to the Kansas House in 1992 and served for eight years.

Kline served as Kansas attorney general beginning in 2003 but lost his re-election bid last year to Democrat Paul Morrison, a former Republican who was the Johnson County district attorney and switched parties to challenge Kline. Because Morrison had won the county office as a Republican, the GOP had the right under Kansas law to replace him and chose Kline.

Morrison's chief counsel, Rick Guinn, announced earlier this summer that he would run as a Democrat and seek to become Johnson County district attorney in 2008.

In his statement this morning, Kline said it had been an honor to "join with good people to accomplish good things" during his 15 years in public service.


Baille 10 years, 9 months ago


Dollar to ten his license to practice law lapses once he runs out of CLE credits.

nekansan 10 years, 9 months ago

Apparently one whipping in an election and a few lawsuits resulting from his tenure as state AG was enough.

KUDB99 10 years, 9 months ago

I think the writing was on the wall. He is just no longer electable....period. To go from "Brilliant, Young conservative" to "one-trick pony" so quickly is a bit astonishing, but not without precedent.

I'm just glad that he's not going to be on the political landscape any longer.

gccs14r 10 years, 9 months ago

He's probably got a private gig with Operation Rescue lined up. We probably haven't heard the last of him, unfortunately.

Baille 10 years, 9 months ago

"We probably haven't heard the last of him, unfortunately."

Maybe not. But he has lost his credibility and his relevance. Time to move on.

Confrontation 10 years, 9 months ago

I'm willing to bet that he has a volunteer gig at Project Rachel, since he knows what it's like to have a uterus and all.

pace 10 years, 9 months ago

I thought he was worthless, but it seems his "appointment" woke some Johnson co. republicans up to their leaders' disconnect with their own people. The Johnson co. republican party has been hijacked by crankos and the decent ones are stirring. How you would like to wake up and find out the Kline was getting a big salary out of your taxes.

BigDog 10 years, 9 months ago

And this is news because?????? he has stated this repeatedly for months.

BigDog 10 years, 9 months ago

Though funny Agnostick ...... I couldn't tell you what church Kline attends and for that matter don't even know what faith his church is.

Baille 10 years, 9 months ago

For some people, it is all about the money...or the headlines.

Thank goodness we now have an AG who places integrity above limelight and the rule of law above neo-con q scores.

Weezy_Jefferson 10 years, 9 months ago

Phil Kline and Kay O'Connor can join hands now and go skipping off into the sunset, never to return again!

There IS a Santa Claus!

Orwell 10 years, 9 months ago

Interesting. The Phelps clan (Klan?) is already full of lawyers so I'm not sure there's much demand for him to stay in the biz besides, it's so much easier to live off the wingnuts when you don't have to worry about all that fiddle-faddle "code of professional responsibility" or "disciplinary rules" or such.

kneejerkreaction 10 years, 9 months ago

I heard there was an opening for AG in Durham, NC. Even Kline might look like a star in comparison to his predecessor.....well....maybe....

Bernhardt 10 years, 9 months ago

"Anonymous user right_thinker (Anonymous) says: americorp, if you want to compare Kline to Hitler, you go right ahead:.then check into Charter Oaks and get some much needed help. See, Kline is trying to save lives. Hitler was more like Tiller. Ag, for a radical extreme centrist, you sure do hate Kline."

Correct, right_thinker. I look at the opposition to Kline and I see lies told about him prior to the election, andTiller's wife's donations to the officials now supporting Tiller. I'm glad that Morrison is now eating crow by being forced to prosecute Tiller.

Those who hate Kline probably support evolution in schools, abortion, and embryonic stem cell research. They probably support euthanasia as they did in the Schiavo case.

And a Centrist is one who is one who votes with the leftists as do the so-called moderates.

AAG44AGs 10 years, 9 months ago

I bet if a burning bush spoke to Kline and told him to run for public office again, he would throw his hat in the ring.

Baille 10 years, 9 months ago

Crazyass Kline haters advocating that science be taught in science class. Infidels! May Allah, I mean God, strike them dead! They will burn in Hell!

(It is so hard keeping my crazed fanatic slogans straight. Crazed neocons = God. Crazed believers in Islam = Allah. Crazed scientists = Heisenberg. Or is it Schrodinger? Darn it!)

oldgoof 10 years, 9 months ago

There are more layers to this onion. Go read today's KC Star: Excerpts:

" The announcement comes two days after The Star interviewed Kline about his recent speeches that he gave at anti-abortion fundraisers and meetings across the country. . . . Kline wouldn't say whether he receives compensation for the appearances. His office returned a freedom of information request . . .saying it had no information on any compensation Kline has received. . . . During the interview on Tuesday, Kline refused to speculate on his future, or on whether he would seek another term as DA.

Seems to me, ole Phill may be trying to dodge yet another ethics bullet here. Stay tuned.

Bud Stagg 10 years, 9 months ago

Kline was a moron before the Tiller thing. He may be right in going after Tiller but it was how he did it that showed him to be a HUGE MORON. He is an embarassment just like the anti evolution crowd in Kansas.

terrapin2 10 years, 9 months ago

Parkay, Back to the dark ages for women, huh? Forget about the health and well being of the mother. Do you really believe in some cases it would be better to risk losing the mother's life, as well as that of the baby's life, just to make YOU and others feel better? If that were to happen I'd like you to personally explain that to her widower! And how he had just lost the opportunity to adopt children and raise a family despite their tragic and unfortunate circumstances.

My wife and I strongly believe that politics, distorted by organized religion, should NOT over-rule modern science and medicine! You and the rest of the warped right-wingers can live your life the way you see fit but stay out of others' personal lives! And go check out Utah!

oldgoof 10 years, 9 months ago

RT sez: " The more babies that are aborted, the slower we populate, the slower we populate, the slower we evolve. "

RT infers the world is on a population decline. Absolutely Not! Goof recently overheard and remembered a couple of stats: the world was picking up a million new people every 4 days, and losing only about a half-million every 30 days....

(Goof would love it if someone could weigh-in/verify/correct these numbers with a credible source)

George_Braziller 10 years, 9 months ago

Phill Kline would lose an election if he ran against Phill Kline or Grandma Moses (and she's been dead for nearly 30 years.)

Fred Whitehead Jr. 10 years, 9 months ago

I just gotta get my $.02 worth in here.

So long, good bye, good riddance, don't come back.

Call Bill O'Reilly, he will put you on his sleazey radio and TV rushwannabe show where you can drivel on to your hearts content and allow O'Relly to drivel on, praising Kline and Susan Wagel, bashing Kansas and all the wimpy Repubicans here.

Go for it Phill, let your true self show to the whole nation for us all!!!!!!

Tychoman 10 years, 9 months ago

reads headline


75x55, Warren Jeffs sure is respected in his hometown.

purplesage 10 years, 9 months ago

Phill Kline is an honorable public servant and victim of a media onslaught due to his conservative views. I appreciate the moral stands he has taken which, incidentally, have cost him his popularity. Times, unfortunately, changed. What was once a conservative landscape has become the land of the republocrat. Sad.

Baille 10 years, 9 months ago

"Honorable public servant."


"Kline's initial responses were troubling. He admitted that he attached sealed court records to a brief he knew would be unsealed; that he did so knowingly because, in his sole estimation, he believed it to be necessary to further his arguments; that he held a press conference on this criminal matter merely because he determined that petitioners had painted his previous actions in an unflattering light; and that he later permitted his staff to provide electronic copies of the sealed transcript to anyone who requested them. In essence, Kline has told this court that he did what he did simply because he believed that he knew best how he should behave, regardless of what this court had ordered, and that his priorities should trump whatever priorities this court had set. Furthermore, although there is conflict between the parties on exactly what was said in the press conference, i.e. whether the actual content of the sealed documents was discussed, Kline's stated reason for holding the conference -- to combat what he saw as unflattering earlier press coverage -- does not appear to be among the permissible reasons for an attorney in his position to engage in extrajudicial statements under Kansas Rule of Professional Conduct 3.6 (2005 Kan. Ct. R. Annot. 473). This too is troubling." Alpha Medical v. Anderson.

oldgoof 10 years, 9 months ago

Good quote Baille: I now presume you have been oathed in a non-lucre sense. Correct?

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