by Steven Ertelt
December 14, 2007
Topeka, KS (LifeNews.com) — Paul Morrison, the Kansas attorney general caught up in a sordid scandal of an affair and allegations that he asked a former subordinate to tamper with an abortion investigation, has resigned. Morrison announced his resignation on Friday amid calls from pro-life groups and legislators to step down.
The state’s top attorney has acknowledged the affair, but strongly denied claims from his mistress Linda Carter that he asked her to gather information on charges a county attorney filed against a Kansas City area Planned Parenthood.
"I have held others accountable for their actions, and now I must be held accountable for my mistakes," Morrison said Friday.
"Many people feel betrayed by my actions, and they have every right to feel that way," he added as he read for a prepared statement.
Mary Kay Culp, the head of the state pro-life group Kansans for Life, told LifeNews.com that she welcomes the resignation and said Morrison had disgraced the office.
"We deeply grieve the pain that the Morrison family has endured. Unfortunately, we also grieve the justice denied when one industry is treated as above the law and unwilling to submit to even the most basic oversight," she said.
Culp told LifeNews.com that Morrison put the interests of the abortion industry ahead of public accountability when late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller spent $1 million to put Morrison in office.
"If the public feels deceived, it is because they were in fact purposely deceived by a million dollar campaign carried out by an abortion industry intent on avoiding even the most basic of scrutiny, at all costs," Culp said.
Culp added that she hopes the newly appointed special prosecutor in Johnson County will "get to the bottom" of whether or not Morrison had Carter tamper with county attorney Phill Kline’s investigation into the Planned Parenthood in Overland Park.
Morrison spokeswoman Ashley Anstaett had previously talked with AP about her boss and said Morrison met with staff members on Monday but wouldn’t discuss the content of the discussions.
She also confirmed Morrison won’t step down and added, "It’s a personal matter and he is still capable of performing his public duties, as he has been throughout his career."
With Morrison’s resignation, pro-abortion Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat, will appoint his successor.
Morrison said he will step down by January 31, giving Sebelius time to name a replacement and for a transition to begin.
Related web sites:
Kansans for Life – https://www.kfl.org