TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Democratic leaders acknowledge they're taking a chance on incoming Attorney General Stephen Six developing new political skills. But they believe he can and be a strong candidate in 2010.
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius last week appointed Six, a Douglas County district judge, to replace Attorney General Paul Morrison. Morrison plans to step down Jan. 31 because of a sex scandal.
Six has never run for elected office before. State Democratic Party Chairman Larry Gates says Six has three years to hone whatever political skills he'll need.
But Christian Morgan, the state Republican Party's executive director, said he thinks Democrats have a lot of work. He predicted the attorney general's race will be hotly contested in 2010.