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Parkinson endorses Steve Six for Kansas attorney general

September 29, 2010, 8:11 a.m. Updated September 29, 2010, 4:28 p.m.


— Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson endorsed fellow Democrat and incumbent Steve Six in the attorney general’s race on Wednesday, touting his record as a lawyer and district court judge.

“It’s very important to have an attorney general who’s an outstanding attorney who’s very committed to being an outstanding attorney general as opposed to electing someone who is essentially a politician,” Parkinson said at a news conference.

Six was appointed attorney general in January 2008 by former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and is seeking a full four-year term. His Republican challenger in the Nov. 2 general election is Kansas Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt.

The GOP nominee is touting an endorsement from Johnson County Sheriff Frank Denning, and he’s also received the backing of former GOP Gov. Bill Graves. Schmidt brushed aside Parkinson’s endorsement of Six.

“It’s clear that the opposition is using poll tested, consultant-generated buzzword talking points from their high-priced East Coast campaign consultants. But Kansans aren’t buying that,” Schmidt said in a telephone interview from Independence. “In this race there is one experienced leader with a proven commitment to public service and there is one hand-picked political appointee who is increasingly desperate, and it’s sad.”

Six reported in July on campaign reports that he paid $13,990 to Cooper & Secrest of Alexandria, Va., for polling research. Schmidt’s own campaign finance report from July shows he paid $4,000 to Wilson Grand Communications of Alexandria, Va., for communications consulting.

Parkinson endorsed Schmidt’s bid for the Senate in 2000 when he was then-Kansas Republican Party chairman. Parkinson switched parties to become Sebelius’ running mate in 2006.

The governor said Schmidt is a nice person, but says Kansas needs an attorney general who serves all residents and not a career politician. Schmidt has been in the Senate since 2001.

Six, who was a district court judge in Douglas County before becoming attorney general, said he’s worked hard to restore integrity to the office and serve all Kansans. Six was appointed to replace Democrat Paul Morrison, who resigned amid a sex scandal in 2006. That happened less than two years after Morrison defeated Republican incumbent Phill Kline, who focused on investigating abortion clinics during his one term in office.

“I’ve never found as my time as a judge or during my time as attorney general that there really is a Republican or Democratic way to enforce the law,” Six said. “We’ve tried to be independent and make the best decisions for the state.”

Schmidt, who also serves as a city prosecutor in Independence, said he had more than political experience, citing time spent in the late 1990s in the consumer protection office of Attorney General Carla Stovall.

“I don’t make a big deal about it. No candidate should hold themselves out to be something they’re not. They should shoot straight with voters. There’s no Jack McCoy in this race,” Schmidt said, referring to the fictional New York City district attorney in the television drama “Law & Order.”

Schmidt scheduled a news conference for Thursday to pick up the endorsement of former Kansas Bureau of Investigations Director Larry Welch.

Gavin Young, a spokesman for Six’s campaign, cited the attorney general’s record in less than three years, saying it included restoring the state’s consumer protection division and recovering Medicaid funds from fraud.

“That’s a record of taking politics out of the office and returning it to the right priorities,” Young said.


jhawks360 7 years, 7 months ago

Excellent job, Governor. Best of luck to General Six.

ralphralph 7 years, 7 months ago

Dang! I thought for sure he'd jump over and endorse the GOP candidate! Big news, here.

levicircle2 7 years, 7 months ago

SO true, Ralph! Parkinson endorses Six...Roberts endorses Moran...the sun rises in the east...the shocks just keep on coming!

I think this demonstrates the downside of publishing on the 'Net. Someone with a budget to watch wouldn't waste the cost of ink and newsprint on stuff like this.

douglas6280 7 years, 7 months ago

So what? The republicans are going to sweep all the state wide and national races in Kansas.

Ken Lewis 7 years, 7 months ago

Six is doing a lot of grandstanding for media attention these days. He is doing what many a politician has already done....go to the anything-sex well for media attention.

Six wants a redundant law enforcement task force of dedicated officers to protect children from sex trafficking. The feds already have this as of 2003. Course we dont have any cases of such in KS, but it makes for good media headlines. And you are going to pay for it. These grandstands are getting expensive.

The last guy who used this as a political spring board was Elliot Spitzer who got caught, by the federal task force, for trafficking a woman for his own sexual purposes. Recall, he was NOT prosecuted.

These are the political games that Americans respond to and vote for.

Bob_Keeshan 7 years, 7 months ago

Are you seriously contending there are no sex trafficking cases in Kansas?

I would urge you step back and educate yourself on the crime of human trafficking. That is a powerfully misguided statement to make, and I shudder to think what bizarre agenda would lead you to spread that type of falsehood.

notajayhawk 7 years, 7 months ago

Much as it pains me to agree with the good Captain, has it occurred to you that maybe the lack of enforcement resources is what leads to what appears to be a lack of cases?

frazzled 7 years, 7 months ago

Schmidt's comment is blatantly hypocritical. "It’s clear that the opposition is using poll tested, consultant-generated buzzword talking points from their high-priced East Coast campaign consultants" -- please. That SENTENCE was obviously written by a high-priced consultant who wanted to use a whole lot of buzzwords. What transparent hypocrisy.

Bob_Keeshan 7 years, 7 months ago

"In this race there is one experienced leader with a proven commitment to public service and there is one hand-picked political appointee who is increasingly desperate, and it’s sad."

As everyone knows, Schmidt has never had a job that wasn't political including working for Senators and Governors and being hand picked by a retiring state Senator to run for his current office (and handed a fake job in that retiring Senator's law firm to boot). He then started a campaign for Secretary of State but was hand-picked by the GOP to drop out of that race and run for AG instead.

Clearly, the experienced leader is Six and the hand picked and desperate politician is Schmidt. He's right about one thing - his political career is sad.

wastewatcher 7 years, 7 months ago

Amazing how Parkinson endorses republicans when he is one and then endorses democrats when he changes his spots and becomes a democrat. If he thinks the Kansas citizens are this gullible, he is mistaken. Where is the integrity in the Governor? Remember the ULTRA LIBERAL SEBELIUS picked him from Republican dumpster.

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