Phill Kline has been something of a right-wing cause célèbre ever since he used his position as Attorney General in Kansas to launch a one-man crusade against Planned Parenthood and subpoena “records of more than 80 women and girls who received abortions in 2003 at two clinics” in the state, ostensibly in a “search for evidence of illegal late-term abortions and child rape.”
As it turned out, it was his obsession with abortion that did him in when he was up for re-election in 2006 when he lost his position to Paul Morrison. But then, in an odd twist, the Johnson County Republican Party’s precinct leaders elected him to finish out the remainder of Morrison’s term as Johnson Country Attorney General and now he is running for re-election, even though he hasn’t been particularly keen on actually showing up for work.
And now the Kansas City Star reports that Klein is scheduled to join Rick Scarborough at one of his one-day “Crusade to Save America” events on July 28th in Overland Park – and Scarborough is insisting that this is not election-related at all:
A conservative organization based in Texas is reaching out to pastors and their churches in Johnson County before the upcoming Aug. 5 primary.
The Rev. Rick Scarborough, who founded Vision America, said this week that his group would not be endorsing any candidate. But Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline, who is seeking a full four-year term, is expected to share his faith at three of four events set up for clergy and at a public rally July 28, Scarborough said.
Scarborough said Kline would appear not as a candidate but as district attorney.
“We can’t endorse a candidate and don’t, but we do hope people will vote not as Republicans or Democrats but as followers of Christ,” Scarborough said. “We try to get Christians to vote their biblical values.”
Kline has been “forewarned and carefully advised” that nothing will be said about his candidacy, Scarborough said.
“Legally, any elected official can come to an event and discuss his faith,” Scarborough said. Kline also is expected to provide an update to his constituents on his criminal case against Planned Parenthood’s clinic in Overland Park, where abortions are performed.
Not too long ago, James Dobson personally endorsed Kline’s re-election bid and Scarborough even invited Dobson to participate in the event, but it looks like even James Dobson has enough sense to avoid being seen in public with the likes of these two right-wing zealots:
Organizers had hoped that James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, would speak at the rally, but a spokesman with the group said he would not be able to attend.