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Failed GOP governor to serve as Trump’s ambassador for international religious freedom

Sam Brownback, the beleaguered governor who led Kansas into shutting down schools as his popularity plummeted .  Brownback’s signature tax-cutting led Kansas to  slash services.  Finally the GOP led legislature overruled Sam and raised taxes when his party suffered losses in last year’s legislative elections.

Mr. Brownback tweeted: “Religious Freedom is the first freedom. The choice of what you do with your own soul. I am honored to serve such an important cause.”

Continue reading the story in The NY Times

 “He leaves behind a legacy of failed leadership,” said Melissa Rooker, a Kansas House Republican who has been in the moderate wing and a frequent opponent of Mr. Brownback’s policies

State Representative Jim Ward, the Democratic leader in the Kansas House, said he was “not surprised” to hear of the appointment, which has been rumored in Topeka for months.  “I’m not going to miss him,” Mr. Ward said. “He has left a state in carnage and destruction.”  Ward also said that Brownback “h hasn’t embraced diversity”but “Hopefully, this job that he’ll step into, he’ll realize that Americans are of all kinds of faith.” h

In announcing the intended nomination, the White House noted that Mr. Brownback, a former United State senator and representative, “worked actively on the issue of religious freedom in multiple countries and was a key sponsor of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998.” That act restricted the freedom of people by allowing merchants to sue religious tests in deciding who to serve.

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