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Brownback Hearing Remains Cordial

Tim Kaine, his chief antagonist, said he wasn’t sure how he’d vote.

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Zach C. Cohen
Oct. 5, 2017, 11:30 a.m.

Gov. Sam Brownback’s (R) was relatively uncontentious, drawing praise from Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Tim Kaine (D-VA). (National Journal)

“Kaine, who grew up in Kansas City, asked Brownback the toughest questions of the hearing. He pressed the governor to explain why he signed an executive order that rescinded a protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender state workers put into place by one of his predecessors, Kathleen Sebelius. Her order had said state workers couldn’t be discriminated against, fired or harassed because of their gender identity or sexual orientation.” (Kansas City Star)

Kaine said after the hearing said it was “troubling” Brownback gave no “unequivocal condemnation” of LGBT discrimination on religious grounds, but noted his “background … is ideally suited for this position.” He said he hadn’t decided how he’ll vote. (Hotline reporting)

If Brownback is confirmed, Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer (R) would replace the term-limited governor.

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