Last Kan. Gov to Leave Early Was Part of 'Triple Play'

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The last Kansas governor to resign before his term expired was involved in what's known in political lore as the "Triple Play.''

He was Dodge City Republican Fred Hall. He stepped down as governor on January 3rd, 1957, only 11 days before his single, two-year term ended.

Hall was replaced by then-Lieutenant Governor John McCuish. Then, McCuish appointed Hall to the Kansas Supreme Court to replace ailing chief justice William Smith.

Kansans are speculating about whether current Governor Kathleen Sebelius will resign before her second, four-year term is up. She is said to be one of four running-mate finalists that Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama is considering.

Even if she isn't picked to run for vice president, Sebelius could leave before her term ends in January 2011 if Obama wins and gives her a Cabinet job.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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