Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Sebelius' pathetic non-action on Kline appointment

From today's opinion page in the Capital Journal:

Not people's will

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' refusal to sign the certificate of appointment of Phill Kline as Johnson County district attorney was a slap in the face not only to Mr. Kline, but also to the duly elected Republican precinct committeemen and women who selected him. These men and women were simply fulfilling the responsibility entrusted to them by the people who elected them, their neighbors.

Of course, Gov. Sebelius claims that she did so "out of a deep and enduring respect for the will of the people." Since when does she care about the "will of the people"?

This is the same governor who twice vetoed a reasonable abortion clinic licensing bill that passed both chambers of the Legislature, who vetoed a concealed weapons bill passed overwhelmingly by the Legislature, and who vetoed a late-term abortion reporting bill. Does Gov. Sebelius think that the duly elected representatives and senators who passed these bills weren't doing the "will of the people"?

It is common knowledge that late-term abortionist George Tiller spent a lot of money to help defeat Phill Kline in the attorney general's race. The abortion industry had no such influence on the precinct committeemen and women who chose Mr. Kline for district attorney. Gov. Sebelius' whining about their selection makes it obvious that the only person whose "will" she cares about is George Tiller.

JEANNE GAWDUN, Topeka

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2 Comments:

At 4:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regardless of the politics at play, he was not a wise choice. He was chosen based upon his views rather than his actual qualifications, which is a mistake. Consequently, the State will now have to step in on several major cases since his office - and he himself -lack the expertise to handle major trials.

Had they chosen someone who was actually qualified for the job, the reaction may have been different. Sure, he's likely a good guy. But that's not the point. The point is, he's not the person I would want in charge of prosecutions in my county. He's in over his head.

 
At 4:35 PM, Blogger Talon said...

For one thing, Kline won an argument before the Supreme Court. Not many lawyers can make that claim. He is also the past Kansas Attorney General, so how is he not the MOST qualified to take on such a local post?

Secondly, Sebelius should have just signed it. The people in charge of picking their person made a lawful choice and she should be big enough to set her personal politics aside and sign the paper.

 

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