Breaking news: Paul Morrison resigns

breaking.jpgI reported December 10 that KS Attorney General Paul Morrison had been accused by a former subordinate of engaging in a two-year affair that only ended in September.

Moreover, the woman, Linda Carter, alleged Morrison asked her to spy on her current boss, Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline, and provide Morrison with inside info on Kline's investigation of Planned Parenthood for illegal late-term and underage abortions, which in itself would be illegal.

Last night the Kansas City Star broke this news:

Racked by scandal, facing multiple investigations and with calls for his resignation mounting, Attorney General Paul Morrison simply couldn't hold on any longer.

Saying the scandal was damaging his office and taking a toll on his family, Morrison announced Friday that he would resign, effective Jan. 31, just over a year after he took office....

"I've held others accountable for their actions, and now I must be held accountable for my mistakes," he said, his face grim as he read a statement outside his office. "Many people feel betrayed by my actions. And they have every right to feel that way."

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius will select a successor; there's no time frame for her decision, though several names are being tossed out as possibilities.

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Just a week ago, Morrison, 53, was considered a rising star in the Democratic Party, a former Republican who easily defeated then-Attorney General Phill Kline in last year's election. Many counted Morrison as one of the state's most popular politicians and predicted a long political career.

How fast things change.

This week, his reputation was devastated by revelations of a two-year affair with Linda Carter, a former employee in the Johnson County district attorney's office, and allegations that he harassed Carter and tried to use her to meddle with the DA's office, now run by Kline. Throughout the week, Morrison seemed resolute, acknowledging the affair but steadfastly denying the other allegations.

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....

Current investigations of the scandal are likely to continue. The resignation came one day after Kline won approval from the Johnson County Commission to hire a special prosecutor to investigate whether Morrison committed any crimes....

You couldn't make this stuff up, a long KS saga that started with Kline's launch as AG of an investigation into illegal abortions committed by late-term abortionist George Tiller and Planned Parenthood.

This is a breakthrough. I expect Kline will fully investigate whether Morrison tampered with his federal investigation of PP. This should lead to other revelations. Maybe we'll get to the bottom of Morrison and Democrat Gov. Kathleen Sebelius's obsession with protecting Tiller/PP... just in time for Sebelius's 2010 reelection bid? ... against Sam Brownback?

[HT: Kathy Ostrowski, Kansans for Life Legislative Director, and Leslie Hanks and ]


Comments:

Jill,

I was just going to send you this...what do have, pro life radar?

OH HAPPY DAY! Now maybe we can finally put George Tiller where he belongs...in jail!

Posted by: mk at December 15, 2007 7:00 AM


* applause *

Posted by: jasper at December 15, 2007 8:46 AM


HA! What goes around comes around.

Posted by: heather at December 15, 2007 8:51 AM


Maybe God will now work in this man's life for good things. I'll pray for the best.

Posted by: heather at December 15, 2007 9:06 AM


Oh no!

Did she use her golden lass of truth on him?

Posted by: Laura at December 15, 2007 9:23 AM


Oh no!

Did she use her golden lass of truth on him?

Posted by: Laura at December 15, 2007 9:23 AM
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That's supposed to be "golden lasso of truth."

(Note to self: Caffeine BEFORE humor...)

Posted by: Laura at December 15, 2007 9:26 AM


A very good day for the people of KS indeed.

Posted by: Vlad at December 15, 2007 9:47 AM


It required significant effort to get Morrison in as Attorney Gen in Kansas. Now the office is standing open for Sebelius to appoint someone even worse. She can appoint someone who could never have actually got elected.

Posted by: hippie at December 15, 2007 10:33 AM


Sebelius will no doubt appoint someone equally as corrupt and pro-abort (like she is) to this position.

Looks like the "house cleaning" is Kansas is finally underway.

Posted by: Mike at December 15, 2007 11:28 AM


If I lived in Johnson County, I'd be up in arms about the REAL scandal: Phill Kline does not live there despite being required to in order to hold his office, and he puts in a ridiculously small amount of time for a DA, averaging only 29 hours a week.
http://www.kctv5.com/news/14699737/detail.html

Posted by: Ray at December 15, 2007 1:31 PM


Did she use her golden lasso of truth on him?

Ha! GMTA, Laura.

Dawg (in lobby of hotel - only place internet access can be had - waiting for company Christmas party to start in 79 minutes)

Posted by: Doug at December 15, 2007 3:41 PM


Ray, you're worrying about whether the guy LIVES there? I think you need to clean your glasses and see the REAL issues.
We are talking about a man who has subverted and twisted the judicial/political system in any way he can, to protect a baby killer.
Wonder what prompted his lover to spill the beans?

Posted by: Patricia at December 15, 2007 6:41 PM


Good News. Our prayers have been answered. Now, lets move on the Sedgewick County Attorney's office, one of the judges, and into the governor's office.

Posted by: Rick at December 15, 2007 8:58 PM


What is ironic is that the leading candidate to replace Morrison is Chris Biggs, the Kansas Securities Commissioner. Phill barely beat Chris Biggs in 2002 to get the AG job in the first place. It will be interesting to see if whoever replaces Morrison will conduct their own real investigation into the abortion issue and really charge Tiller for his atrocities, instead of slap him on the wrist. I am not holding my breath.

Posted by: Jesse at December 16, 2007 12:16 AM


Oh my...

It turns out that Chris Biggs is about the best friend Planned Parenthood ever had, and a total pro-life nightmare.
This may have been one of those "be careful what you wish for/unanswered prayer" things:

http://www.cjonline.com/stories/103102/dec_ag.shtml

Posted by: Laura at December 16, 2007 12:44 AM


Ray, you're worrying about whether the guy LIVES there? I think you need to clean your glasses and see the REAL issues.

I believe in a nation of laws. Johnson County code requires that Kline live there in order to hold office, and he does not. He is violating the law, and should be expelled from office.

Posted by: Ray at December 16, 2007 12:59 AM


Yes, this story makes much less difference in the long run than it would seem at first.

Posted by: SoMG at December 16, 2007 1:01 AM


WOW! The Aurora paper had a lovely article about Steve Trombley:

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/beaconnews/news/698908,2_1_AU16_TROMBLEY_S1.article

The paper also mentioned that Eric Sheidler spent 10 of the last 15 years as a druggy father of 8 before joining his family "business."

Gee, maybe the Sheidlers could look to Steve Trombley as a role model and find real work.

Posted by: Laura at December 16, 2007 9:28 AM


That's okay. People can change *yawn*

Posted by: heather at December 16, 2007 9:30 AM


I hope you aren't implying that pro choicers don't abuse substances.

Posted by: heather at December 16, 2007 9:32 AM


Laura,

Thanks for the link, I recommended a quote from Steve "baby killer" Trombley for QoTD.

I gave you the HT.

Posted by: jasper at December 16, 2007 10:10 AM


Cool Jasper-

It's time you recognized the wisdom of the pro-choice side!

Did you read the part where they're seeing as many abortion patients as they expected, but 50% MORE contraceptive/STD patients than they planned on?
It's nice to have all those services available for the good, responsible citizens of Aurora!

Posted by: Laura at December 16, 2007 11:09 AM


Abortion is irresponsible. Women who have abortions just don't know how to operate the uterus that they own.

Posted by: heather at December 16, 2007 11:13 AM


I knew a woman who aborted 7 times. She didn't know how to operate her uterus, so it had to be removed. Those multiple abortions ruined her uterus.

Posted by: heather at December 16, 2007 11:16 AM


I think the hospital doctor scolded her before that hysterectomy. She wasn't too happy about that. Boo Hoo.

Posted by: heather at December 16, 2007 11:20 AM


Laura,
Ah, reading our local fishwrap, the "Beaconfused"...not surprising!

Posted by: AB Laura at December 16, 2007 12:40 PM


From the Beacon(fused): :Eric Scheidler grew up on the front lines of the most contentious debate in the country, and remembers his father taking those first steps into anti-abortion work. Though his dad's work colored much of his early life, Scheidler did not fully commit to carrying it on until about five years ago. He got into drugs and strayed from his Catholic faith, but about 10 years ago, God called him back."

Laura said, "The paper also mentioned that Eric Sheidler spent 10 of the last 15 years as a druggy father of 8 before joining his family "business."
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No, Laura, they really didn't. However, as one reads the Beacon more & more, it's quite understandable how the uneducated will get quite confused!

Posted by: AB Laura at December 16, 2007 12:46 PM


How many people attend those silly little anti-choice demonstrations in Aurora? Compare that with the number of people who will stride into that shiny, new Planned Parenthood clinic this year.
The people have spoken. They have voted with their feet. You lost.

Posted by: Laura at December 15, 2007 12:02 PM

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Now, we've mentioned our "dear friend" Steve, Eric...let's not forget Bonnie...another one of the "faces of 2007":
Again, from the Beacon(fused)

December 16, 2007
BY ANDRE SALLES Staff Writer

"Grabenhofer is the president of the Illinois chapter of the National Organization for Women. If you've attended any of the last eight or so City Council meetings, you've seen her. She's been one of the few consistent voices speaking out in support of Planned Parenthood and against the tidal wave of opposition their new clinic has sparked."

"Grabenhofer has struggled to understand the lack of response from her fellow Aurorans and has struggled to understand it."

Posted by: AB Laura at December 16, 2007 1:08 PM


I blew it...
I really need to roll caffeine before sarcasm, and I apologize.

I really loathe that family business, and if you've ever read "Wrath of Angels," you'd know why. His father is profoundly warped.

Posted by: Laura at December 16, 2007 1:09 PM


Laura,
And I really loathe that baby-killing business. If you've read how PP was founded, you'd know why. Their business is profoundly warped.

Posted by: AB Laura at December 16, 2007 1:17 PM


Laura,
And I really loathe that baby-killing business. If you've read how PP was founded, you'd know why. Their business is profoundly warped.

Posted by: AB Laura at December 16, 2007 1:17 PM
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If you run the whole "racism" tape, I'm gonna hurl.
Henry Ford was a renowned racist, but I can't get my pro-life friend Bill to torch his '65 Mustang convertable to protest Henry Ford. He'd be more than happy to torch Planned Parenthood to protest Margaret Sanger's racism.
You might also note that Whie Americans have been reproducing at less than replacement level for almost two generations, while African-Americans are the second-fastest growing demogrphic in America - right behind Hispanics, but without the benefit of immigration.
If contraception was Margaret Sanger's weapon for wiping out Black America, it sort of backfired...

Posted by: Laura at December 16, 2007 1:43 PM


Laura,
Not playing the "race card" at all...just the ideology on the foundation of this organization. What is was build on, is indeed the foundation of a truly, evil empire! Today's PP is simply carrying on the legacy with money as its driving force.

Posted by: AB Laura at December 16, 2007 1:49 PM


Ray,

Kline was appointed. He didn't run for election, which is where he might have to fill a residency requirement.

Posted by: hippie at December 16, 2007 1:57 PM


Laura,
Not playing the "race card" at all...just the ideology on the foundation of this organization. What is was build on, is indeed the foundation of a truly, evil empire! Today's PP is simply carrying on the legacy with money as its driving force.

Posted by: AB Laura at December 16, 2007 1:49 PM
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OK. Now you've lost me.
Aside of Sanger's racism, what about the founding of Planned Parenthood annoys you?

Posted by: Laura at December 16, 2007 2:00 PM


The foundation of evil ideology on which it was built:

http://www.lrainc.com/swtaboo/taboos/ms_apwp.html

I don't know where to start...not so much racism, although that it one point, but the ideology of its founder.

Profoundly warped!

Posted by: AB Laura at December 16, 2007 2:24 PM


Paul,
I told you that if you want Gov. Sebelius in your corner you have to pay her off. Huge. With unmarked truckloads of cash. It worked for me. I was killing babies and girls with Down Syndrome at the same time and Kathy bailed me out. All you had to do was give her money. Did you listen? No, now look at you! Sorry buddy, you are screwed. Your friend,
George Tiller

Posted by: George Tiller at December 16, 2007 10:18 PM


A fake. I can't lnk to your site, loser.

Posted by: heather at December 16, 2007 10:22 PM


oops..[[link]] How is Shelly Shannon? Do you guys keep in touch?

Posted by: heather at December 16, 2007 10:23 PM


OK. Now you've lost me.
Aside of Sanger's racism, what about the founding of Planned Parenthood annoys you?

Posted by: Laura at December 16, 2007 2:00 PM---------------------- The racism.

Posted by: heather at December 16, 2007 10:32 PM


I love how you play racism off like it is a moot point or something, Laura. I mean OTHER than the racism, what's the big deal? You can't be serious with that crap.

Posted by: Elizabeth at December 16, 2007 11:10 PM


I love how you play racism off like it is a moot point or something, Laura. I mean OTHER than the racism, what's the big deal? You can't be serious with that crap.

Posted by: Elizabeth at December 16, 2007 11:10 PM
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OK, so Henry Ford was a racist.
Should all Ford automobiles be destroyed? Does driving a Ford mean that you're a racist?
What does the founder's personal ideology have to do with the product?

Posted by: Laura at December 16, 2007 11:18 PM


You don't think that her personal ideology maybe propelled her to puruse the product? Perhaps she could find a way to get rid of minorities all under a veil of women's liberation or choice. Come on..it's a BRILLIANT scheme. What a marketing GENIUS!

Posted by: Elizabeth at December 16, 2007 11:38 PM


You don't think that her personal ideology maybe propelled her to puruse the product? Perhaps she could find a way to get rid of minorities all under a veil of women's liberation or choice. Come on..it's a BRILLIANT scheme. What a marketing GENIUS!

Posted by: Elizabeth at December 16, 2007 11:38 PM
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"Brilliant scheme?"
"Marketing genius?"
White Americans have been reproducing at less than replacement level for two generations. African Americans are the second-fastest growing demographic in America - right behind Hispanics, but without the benefit of immigration.
The genocide backfired.
It's safe to return to the clinic.
(I won't let Margaret getcha! She's really, really dead...)

Posted by: Laura at December 17, 2007 1:44 AM


African American birthrate is 2.2. Just barely above replacement rate. Most increases in African American population are from immigration.

This blogger posted African American percent of population since 1790. Very interesting.

http://theafricanamercian.blogspot.com/

Posted by: Anonymous at December 17, 2007 7:44 AM


Henry Ford was a renowned racist, but I can't get my pro-life friend Bill to torch his '65 Mustang convertable to protest Henry Ford. He'd be more than happy to torch Planned Parenthood to protest Margaret Sanger's racism.

As I'm sure you're well aware, Bill's 65 Mustang isn't a tool in intentionally killing innocent human beings day after day. Big difference, comparing a non-agenda filled car, to an organization with a HUGE agenda.

Posted by: Bethany at December 17, 2007 9:06 AM


America needs to increase it's population in order to grow economically and keep pace with the growing population of other large nations. To remain competitive with China and India long term the US needs a large growing population.

That's from the above blog, and it's just crazy. Raw population numbers mean almost nothing - witness the vast numbers of people in China and India where only recently have things started to get "more powerful" economically. Large populations did nothing for the masses during all those years in the past.

What makes them competitive or more than competitive now is their low wages. Can the US compete with people who are paid $1 per day? $1 per hour? $5 per hour?

Our weakening currency is helping the US, to some extent, as far as it being cheaper for foreigners to buy our products, but it's not nearly enough to make up for the disparity in pay.

Bottom line: few if any Americans really want to be "competive" with developing countries. Yes - there are advantages in technology, etc., to be had, but there too they can't make up for the difference in standards of living.

Our weakening currency and massive debt has us on a course towards lower standards of living, but it's a long and painful road to where the excesses and disparities of the past will be taken care of. Just having more people isn't going to help, there.

Doug


Posted by: Doug at December 17, 2007 11:28 AM


Now it is time to focus on the real killers. I will not rest until all women, 12-50 who have had abortions to be put behind bars or even put to death. Fry them. I so strongly feel that is the right decision right now......If they can decide to kill that innocent life, let's take them away for good. Hopefully Biggs will do that.

Posted by: PeachPit at December 17, 2007 1:28 PM


Does anyone know that 65% of the county Phil Kline is the DA in voted AGAINST HIM? Someone should of aborted him and G.W.

Posted by: PeachPit at December 17, 2007 1:30 PM


If they can decide to kill that innocent life, let's take them away for good. Hopefully Biggs will do that.

Posted by: PeachPit at December 17, 2007 1:28 PM
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Biggs is an ardent pro-choice advocate - moreso than Morrison.
He'll be a good friend to Planned Parenthood and Tiller.

Posted by: Laura at December 17, 2007 3:13 PM


"I will not rest until all women, 12-50 who have had abortions to be put behind bars or even put to death. Fry them. I so strongly feel that is the right decision right now......If they can decide to kill that innocent life, let's take them away for good"

Peachpit, are you joking??? put every woman who had an abortion to death? How about the boyfriends and husbands? should we fry too?

Posted by: Hal at December 17, 2007 3:42 PM


Lets not forget Mr. Morrison was a Republican when he started this affair!
CH

Posted by: CH at December 17, 2007 4:41 PM


Whomever decides to get the abortion is the killer and I believe they should not see the light of day. Just like their child did not.

I have no idea why anyone chases the doctors. They aren't the real killers.

Abortion Doctor - not a killer
parent of abortion - killer
George W. - Killer
Dick Cheney - Killer

Posted by: PeachPit at December 17, 2007 8:48 PM


I will not rest until all women, 12-50 who have had abortions to be put behind bars or even put to death.

Nonsense. I don't think anybody believes you.

Posted by: Doug at December 17, 2007 10:13 PM


I'm not asking anyone to believe me. I'm just stating I wish they would go after the right people.

Posted by: PeachPit at December 18, 2007 6:43 AM


What happened to the rest of the peach?

Posted by: Doug at December 19, 2007 4:42 PM


OH, oh, this is AWESOME. I should be killed, PeachPit? I'm a huge threat to society? Little me? Wow. You're NUTS. Find one other choicer on this blog that thinks that I should be killed for having my abortion. Go ahead. Well, other than Zeke. She's a little lolo.

Posted by: Erin at December 19, 2007 7:49 PM