Friday, October 13, 2006

Crime fighters reverse support & call Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline "irresponsible"

The last time Phill Kline ran for attorney general, Gene and Peggy Schmidt stood at his side. This year, though, the anti-crime foundation they created is slamming Kline for engaging in "the worst example of demagoguery."

Kline is attacking his Democratic opponent, Johnson County District Attorney Paul Morrison, for serving on a commission that attempted to ease prison overcrowding by changing the post-prison rules for some inmates. Kline's attacks have been condemned by The Kansas City Star and Johnson County Sun.

Now comes word that the Schmidt's foundation is also disgusted.

Hat tip to Dave Helling at the Kansas City Star's Buzz Blog. He reports:
Gene and Peggy Schmidt were parents of Stephanie, who was brutally murdered. They were also big supporters of Phill Kline, campaigning for him, cutting a TV commercial for him, even working (Gene) in Kline's office for a time.

A foundation newsletter this week, though, said this of Kline's SB 323 criticisms: "This irresponsible claim and attempt to instill fear in Kansas Voters is the worst example of demagoguery.

"To insinuate that massive murders, rapes, and general criminal rampage resulted by this bill is not only irresponsible, it is insulting and demeaning to all Kansans. This appeal to the fearful emotions of all Kansans ignores logic, reason, and the genuine intent of outstanding former leaders and defies and debases their efforts for a safer Kansas."

The newsletter column does not mention Kline, or Morrison, by name.

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