Gov. Kathleen Sebelius doesn't have the power to stop Phill Kline from becoming Johnson County district attorney, but in an unusual move she has refused to bless his appointment.
Sebelius has refused to sign the paper making his appointment official. However, the appointment, made by the county Republican Committee, still goes into effect.
Kline lost his effort to be re-elected as attorney general in November by a statewide landslide. In Johnson County, 65 percent voted to boot him out of office.
AP quotes Sebelius as saying that she refused to sign the paper "out of a deep and enduring respect for the will of the people."
"I do not believe such a clear majority of Kansans rejected Kline's stewardship as attorney general with the intention of seeing him continue a public career in law enforcement paid for by taxpayers," Sebelius said in a written statement.I've watched Kansas politics for more than 20 years, and I don't remember ever hearing of a governor refusing to rubber stamp one of these county appointments. Good for you, Sebelius!
Now the question remains: When will Kansas get smart and start using special elections to fill vacated government positions?