Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson endorsed fellow Democrat and incumbent Steve Six in the attorney general's race on Wednesday, touting his record as a lawyer and district court judge.


Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson endorsed fellow Democrat and incumbent Steve Six in the attorney general's race on Wednesday, touting his record as a lawyer and district court judge.

"It's very important to have an attorney general who's an outstanding attorney who's very committed to being an outstanding attorney general as opposed to electing someone who is essentially a politician," Parkinson said at a news conference.

Six was appointed attorney general in January 2008 by former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and is seeking a full four-year term. His Republican challenger in the Nov. 2 general election is Kansas Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt.

The GOP nominee is touting an endorsement from Johnson County Sheriff Frank Denning, and he's also received the backing of former GOP Gov. Bill Graves. Schmidt brushed aside Parkinson's endorsement of Six.

"It's clear that the opposition is using poll tested, consultant-generated buzzword talking points from their high-priced East Coast campaign consultants. But Kansans aren't buying that," Schmidt said in a telephone interview from Independence. "In this race there is one experienced leader with a proven commitment to public service and there is one hand-picked political appointee who is increasingly desperate, and it's sad."

Six reported in July on campaign reports that he paid $13,990 to Cooper & Secrest of Alexandria, Va., for polling research. Schmidt's own campaign finance report from July shows he paid $4,000 to Wilson Grand Communications of Alexandria, Va., for communications consulting.