Kansas Gov. likely weeks from naming new AG - UPDATE

Legal News Line Jan. 9, 2008, 8:18am

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius

TOPEKA -- Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius will probably keep everybody guessing down to the wire over who will succeed the disgraced Paul Morrison as state attorney general. Sebelius has "narrowed the list" of potential successors to Morrison, who resigned over obstruction of justice charges against him, AP reported yesterday. Early Democratic Party favorites included Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson and Securities Commissioner Chris Biggs, LNL reported recently. But Sebelius did not say who or even how many candidates have made her AG shortlist. A spokeswoman said only that the governor was considering "a small list of talented individuals who would be strong possibilities" for the position after receiving "dozens of names" to consider from around the state. Sebelius said she is hoping to name Morrison's replacement by Jan. 31, the day he leaves office. Morrison has admitted conducting a long-running affair with a co-worker while district attorney and attorney general.

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