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Kansas GOP criticizes Sebelius over her statements about Sarah Palin

September 11, 2008, 2:59 p.m. Updated September 11, 2008, 4:18 p.m.


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— Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat, has been one of the most vocal critics of the selection of Sarah Palin to be the Republican nominee for vice president.

On Thursday, Kansas Republican Party executive director Christian Morgan fired back, issuing a statement that called on Sebelius to "take some of her own advice and stop the personal attacks and start talking about the issues."

Sebelius' spokeswoman Nicole Corcoran said Morgan's political jab was inappropriate on the anniversary of the terrorist attack on the United States.

In his e-mail to reporters, Morgan said the Kansas Republican Party and GOP presidential candidate John McCain's campaign suspended operations on the 7th anniversary of Sept. 11, but Morgan added, "I felt it important to comment on Kathleen Sebelius's continuous attacks and political complaints about Governor Sarah Palin and the Republican ticket."

Corcoran responded, saying, "Clearly the Kansas Republicans have not suspended political attacks, but they should keep their own promise, on today of all days."

Over the past few days, Sebelius, who was mentioned as a possible vice presidential nominee for Democrat presidential candidate Barack Obama, has taken several verbal swipes at Palin since she was selected by McCain to join the GOP White House ticket.

After Palin's speech last week to the Republican Party Convention, Sebelius participated in a telephone news conference on behalf of the Obama campaign. She said Palin was part of the "radical fringe" on abortion because she opposes abortion in cases of rape and incest.

On Wednesday, while visiting the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson, Sebelius said the choice of Palin by McCain was "a little frightening" because of what it says about how McCain made the decision. News accounts have said McCain met the Alaska governor only once before announcing his decision to pick her as a running mate.

But Morgan said Sebelius has no idea about the vetting process of Palin.

"If the issue is indeed competence in vetting, one can look at Sebelius's utter failure at vetting Paul Morrison as she hand-picked him for Kansas Attorney General," he said.

Morrison switched from the Republican Party to the Democratic Party to run for attorney general against Republican Phill Kline. Morrison won the election but then resigned from office amid a sex scandal.

Morgan accused Sebelius of being in panic mode because "her meal-ticket to Washington, Obama, is losing the election." Obama picked U.S. Joe Biden, D-Del., as his running mate, but some have speculated that if the Democrats win, then Obama will select Sebelius to a Cabinet position.


Tony Kisner 9 years ago

It would have been much easier for the DNC if McCain would have picked an old white guy. This is just making them nuts.What next, have you noticed that she wear glasses? What is that all about?

lee66049 9 years ago

Sebelius was never a serious candidate for VP because of her illegal immigrant tuition policy, and she helped us become the third term abortion capital of the world. It's funny Obama uses her as a tool against Palin. Everywhere she goes people wonder who she is. As far as a cabinet position...Obama is down right now in the polls. He will definitely lose in Kansas, so what does she bring to the administration if he did win? Energy? LOL Immigration? LOL Education? LOL Foreign Policy? LOL So no Sebelius is going nowhere.

sdinges 9 years ago

Does our Governor even do her job anymore, or did she just give up on it in the hope that she'll get a Federal job by being Obama's bulldog?

1029 9 years ago

Are Kansas Republicans proud of the fact that Christian Morgan is the executive director of the Kansas Republican Party? Or are they embarrassed by him? The only quotes of his that I ever see make him look like a jack***.

coltrane 9 years ago

so they would rather have her talk about Senator Pat Roberts? and his bogus intelligence reports that led us into a T R I L L I O N $ W A R ?

frazzled 9 years ago

Let me get this straight. Sebelius criticizes Palin's stance on abortion, and Christian Morgan calls it a "personal attack"? That's almost as ridiculous as suggesting that she should have predicted the Morrison scandal.I haven't seen any evidence that Sebelius particularly wanted to be Obama's running mate, or that she particularly wants a job in Washington. It all seems to be speculation so far.

KS 9 years ago

Queen Kathy also said one time that I-70 in Missouri was more scary the 9/11. Give the woman a break. She just can't understand the difference between the legends of her own mind and reality.

Cait McKnelly 9 years ago

What is this "hands off" thing the 'Publies have about Sarah Palin? She doesn't pull her pants down to go to the bathroom like the rest of us? She has 5 kids and she's still a virgin? Oh wait, I get it. She has to be treated "delicately" because she is "delicate", y' Scarlett O'Hara was "delicate" (subtle bit of humor there for anyone familiar with "Gone With the Wind"). No one in the Dems is going to be able to say a thing about Palin without someone in the 'Publies going, "Gasp!!!! Unfair!!!!". To quote my dad, that's a bunch o' horse pucky. And by the way, when are we going to see this woman in something other than a skirt (and the same skirt at that)? She's starting to look like she has the fashion sense of one of Warren Jeffs' wives. She sure isn't Hilary Clinton and her "sisterhood of the traveling pantsuits".

TheOriginalCA 9 years ago

Sebelius is more concerned with her party and herself than she is about doing her job as governor. I could tell two years ago that she was posturing herself for "something greater."

KS 9 years ago

Merrill - Your mother is calling. It's time to go home now.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 9 years ago

I jjust watched the first section of the interview with Palin on ABC evening news. Palin evaded most of the questions that could be answered with a direct "yes" or "no". Her verbosity reveals to me that she has cobwebs for brains. I think John McCain has made a collossal blunder in selecting this sop to gun nuts and anti-abortion kooks. She did not impress me as a decent leader for the PTA.

a_flock_of_jayhawks 9 years ago

TheOriginalCA (Anonymous) says:'Sebelius is more concerned with her party and herself than she is about doing her job as governor. I could tell two years ago that she was posturing herself for "something greater."'She's in the last part of her final term, so what do you expect? With her position and popularity, she's going to be able to land her next gig pretty easily.**********tunahelper (Anonymous) says:"hey kathleen, STFU! you are jealous because Sarah Palin is HOT and you are freakin' UGLY! and stupid."That's a pretty juvenile thing to say. I didn't realize that this is a beauty contest. Kathleen is talking about issues that matter and you are too busy trying to look up Palin's skirt.

Richard Heckler 9 years ago

"Merril, you got that from the DailyKos, but here is the statment from that organization: are such a left wing moon bat!At least go to the source.I can't wait to see how you spin those statments."

Chris Ogle 9 years ago

Our Governor is a good, hard working official. However, I think she is over the top on this issue.

Puff_Dragon 9 years ago

I think 'Truthfairy' is a state employee. She jumped all over this for her first and only post on LJW. She's a Kathy Kling On.

Richard Heckler 9 years ago

Palin says war with Russia is not off the table. This lady is a "stay the course of war" thinker.Palin has a loose mouth and does not think clearly before talking. The republican war machine is taking our economy down the tubes. It is not our job to be a war machine thank you.Thank you Governor Sebelius for speaking up.

ASBESTOS 9 years ago

Merril, you got that from the DailyKos, but here is the statment from that organization: are such a left wing moon bat!At least go to the source.I can't wait to see how you spin those statments.

janeyb 9 years ago

Christian is still jealous over the Sebelius Vogue shots, but Palin was also featured in Vogue. Now the Dems are knocking Sarah for having been featured in Vogue, but one of Obama's short list candidates was in the same issure. It is just crap. Kathleen should, however, observe Sarah's public speaking abilities, as Kathleen comes across as Zombie woman. Maybe too much botox?

situveux1 9 years ago

Chatty Kathy needs to take some speech lessons and get over her non-VP selection.

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 9 years ago

"...Never mind the stars and stripesLet's print the Watergate TapesI'll salute the New WaveAnd I hope nobody escapesI'm so bored with YOU, S. P.But what can I do?"

Truthfairy 9 years ago

It's a little difficult for Governor Sibelius to go head-to-head with Governor Palin on "the issues", because nobody knows anything about Palin's political thinking on the issues that affect the 48 other states, only what she has delivered via teleprompter of the McCain campaign carefully scripted speeches for her. Governor Sibelius is well-known. She is an accomplished and experienced governor. She has given many one-on-one media interviews without a teleprompter, or handler present vetting her every word.Gov Sibelius is right in everything she said. I think McCain had celebrity envy, and now he has his own celebrity. Problem is he can't draw a crowd unless she's stumping with him, and she can't give an interview or speech unless his aides wrote what's the USA to think about all this?The next 2 or 3 weeks will be critical. McCain/Palin can attack the "eastern liberal media" (formerly known as "mCCain's base") all they want, but sooner or later the truth and the real facts about the lady will all come out, NOT the carefully created image or scripted speech facts.My bet? The lady pitbull will hang herself!

slang4d 9 years ago

This is silly. Palin has clearly stated she is against abortion in cases of rape and incest and it IS a radical opinion. You'll find few Americans who would answer the question "would you want your daughter to carry her baby to term if she was raped?" with "I'd choose life." This has nothing to do with "jealousy" and I find that incredibly insulting because that accusation would NEVER be made of male politicians.

Richard Heckler 9 years ago

Kansas GOP criticizes Gov. Sebelius. My goodness gracious that is so hard to believe. The new republican party in Washington D.C and Kansas kinda reaks of imperialist thinkers. Any party that worships their president and candidates are dangerous people. This appears to be Republican foreign policy which openly advocates for total global military domination and one that must be squashed.The Project for the New American Century (PNAC) is a neo-conservative think tank with strong ties to the American Enterprise Institute. PNAC's web site says it was "established in the spring of 1997" as "a non-profit, educational organization whose goal is to promote American global leadership."PNAC's policy document, "Rebuilding America's Defences," openly advocates for total global military domination. Many PNAC members hold highest-level positions in the George W. Bush administration.PNAC members in prominent government positions:Dick Cheney Vice PresidentDonald Rumsfeld Former Secretary of DefenseDouglas J. Feith (former) Undersecretary of DefenseI. Lewis Libby Vice President Cheney's former Chief of Staff and Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs.Aaron Friedberg Vice President Cheney's deputy National Security advisorRobert Zoelick US Deputy Secretary of StatePaula Dobriansky Undersecretary of StateElliott Abrams Deputy National Security AdviserFrank Gaffney Pentagon's Defense Policy BoardFred C. Ikle Pentagon's Defense Policy BoardEliot A. Cohen Pentagon's Defense Policy BoardHenry S. Rowen Pentagon's Defense Policy BoardWilliam J. Bennett Presidential speech writerJeb Bush Former Governor of FloridaPaul Wolfowitz World Bank PresidentJohn Bolton Ambassador to the U.N.Zalmay Khalilzad U.S. ambassador to Iraq

shockchalk 9 years ago

Jealousy rears it's ugly head..........again.

dr_salt 9 years ago

One should note that at least Palin wants to be the next Vice President. Biden, on the other hand, seems to think Hillary is better suited for his position.

ASBESTOS 9 years ago

"Watch the ABC interview with Palin - she (Palin) is more than willing to go to war with russia."BS on that "arm chair analysis". The question was that if Georgia and any other nation was in NATO, would they defend that country with miltary action? ALL the Candidates had the same answer that Palin gave, including Hillary, Obama, Biden, Dodd, Kerry said the same, as did McCain.All the answers were in the affirmative.The above post that was quotes was just biased spin.

tunahelper 9 years ago

hey kathleen, STFU! you are jealous because Sarah Palin is HOT and you are freakin' UGLY! and stupid.

4chewnut 9 years ago

Sebelious made good comments. Watch the ABC interview with Palin -- she (Palin) is more than willing to go to war with RUSSIA. That is even worse than Bush/Cheney/McCain.

JimmyJoeBob 9 years ago

I wish Sebelius would just do her job as the govenor of Kansas. It is obvious she did not have the qualifications to be Vice President. She is now letting the people of Kansas down by running for an Obama cabinet position. I for one regret we ever elected her as she is just using the position as a stepping stone. Get to work Kathleen, signed one of your employers!

MyName 9 years ago

@JimmyJoeBob:If Sebelius doesn't have the qualifications to be a Democratic Vice President, after being governor of a state with 2.5 times the GDP and 4 times the population of the current Republican Vice Presidential candidate, then there must some kind of disconnect here. Or are you saying that, while Sebelius is "underqualified", Palin is "incompetent"And Sebelius is term limited and going to have to leave in two years. How is she "using her position as stepping stone" when she's already been governor for 6 years and is on her way out? And how is she not "doing her job"? The Kansas legislature isn't going to be in session until January and I guarantee that every one of the Republican Reps. and Senators who are up for election are out there campaigning. And I for one think it would be good for Kansas to actually have a Kansan in an important cabinet position. As opposed to all of the Republican administrations that have basically shut us out of the government.

dagopman 9 years ago

Anyone who would listen to or post from the Daily Kos is a freaking moron!

Godot 9 years ago

"so what does she bring to the administration if he did win? Energy? LOL Immigration? LOL Education? LOL Foreign Policy? LOL"Soap on a rope.

slang4d 9 years ago

"Obama is down right now in the polls. He will definitely lose in Kansas."Um, yeah, Obama would have never won Kansas. I don't know if you've heard, but Kansas is a big ol' red state. Obama will sweep the well-educated, progressive states, not places like Kansas, Oklahoma, most of the south. "a pathetic excuse for a human being"So you know her personally? "I am voting for Gov. Palin. Thank you, Lynn"Don't you mean McCain? That's the other guy running for President. I know your favorite station, Fox News, likes to pretend it's Palin, but it's actually that old guy who sounds like he could forget his own name at any moment.

Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 9 years ago

Sebelius is a worthless governor and a pathetic excuse for a human being. Who cares what she says? I don't. I am tired of hearing her opinions. I am voting for Gov. Palin. Thank you, Lynn

jumpin_catfish 9 years ago

Obama is a yokeBiden is a yokeThe Democraps are a yokeAnd thebcman is a yoke yahhh they all a yoke

Centerville 9 years ago

As Katherine Lopez (NRO) noted "0bama brought out his B team: the riveting Kathleen Sebelius. Good luck with that."

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