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Brownback In Talks for Ambassadorship

Should he be nominated and confirmed, Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer would replace him.

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Zach C. Cohen
March 9, 2017, 10:25 a.m.

Gov. Sam Brown­back (R) “is in talks with Pres­id­ent Don­ald Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion about tak­ing an am­bas­sad­or­ship po­s­i­tion, ac­cord­ing to sources close to the gov­ernor. No of­fer has been ex­ten­ded yet, … but the gov­ernor has dis­cussed the pos­sib­il­ity of tak­ing a po­s­i­tion as the U.S. am­bas­sad­or to the United Na­tions for food and ag­ri­cul­ture, a po­s­i­tion that would move the Mid­west­ern gov­ernor to Rome.”

“If Brown­back does agree to take this or an­oth­er po­s­i­tion and is con­firmed by the U.S. Sen­ate, then Lt. Gov. Jeff Co­ly­er (R), a John­son County plastic sur­geon, would suc­ceed him as gov­ernor at a time when the state faces ma­jor ques­tions about its long-term fin­ances. … Co­ly­er was one of the primary ar­chi­tects of Kan­Care, the state’s privat­ized Medi­caid sys­tem.”

Kan­sas Pub­lic Ra­dio re­por­ted Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon that Brown­back was poised to be named am­bas­sad­or, cit­ing an un­named source who called it a ‘done deal.’ Sev­er­al sources close to the gov­ernor framed the situ­ation as more tent­at­ive than that.” (Kan­sas City Star)

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