Ex-U.S. Atty Rathbun Backs Biggs for AG

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A former U.S. attorney for Kansas who's been mentioned as a candidate for attorney general is backing someone else.

Wichita attorney Randy Rathbun says he believes Securities Commissioner Chris Biggs should get the attorney general's job. Biggs is a former Geary County prosecutor who narrowly lost the 2002 race for attorney general.

Rathbun served as the state's top federal prosecutor from 1993 to 1996, when Democrat Bill Clinton was president. He's also been an active Democrat, running unsuccessfully for Congress in 1996.

Attorney General Paul Morrison became embroiled in a sex scandal and plans to resign Jan. 31. Governor Sebelius, a fellow Democrat, will appoint someone to fill the last three years of Morrison's term.

Governor Sebelius says she would not appointing a new attorney general this week.

Some fellow Democrats had been speculating that Sebelius would make the appointment before the legislative session, which starts Monday.

Attorney General Paul Morrison is embroiled in a sex scandal and plans to leave office January 31st.

But Sebelius told reporters today that there will be no appointment this week. She also declined to discuss who she is considering for the job, saying it would be unfair to the candidates.

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