Phill Kline filed today to run for Johnson County district attorney – the position that the county Republican Party gave him in late 2006 after he lost his re-election campaign for Kansas attorney general. Kline said last year that he wouldn’t seek the job but changed his mind.
Kline likely will face a tough challenge, even in the GOP primary. Many Johnson County Republicans were mad when Kline was chosen to fill the district attorney position, given how badly he lost in the attorney general race. They may prefer GOP candidate Steve Howe, one of the prosecutors Kline dismissed when he became district attorney. Howe has been endorsed by Sens. Sam Brownback and Pat Roberts and former Sen. Nancy Kassebaum Baker.
The winner of that primary will face Rick Guinn, the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party.