Sen. Bruce: Court appointment debate a ‘spectacle’

Kansas Capital
Kansas Capital

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Senate Minority Leader Terry Bruce says the debate over confirming Gov. Sam Brownback’s chief counsel to the state Court of Appeals became a “public spectacle.”

And, as far as the Republican leader from Hutchinson is concerned, “That’s good.”

Caleb Stegall was the first appointee under a law that took effect in July and changed the selection process for judges of the state’s second-highest court, giving the Senate a role for the first time.

Republican leaders said that guaranteed an unusual amount of attention to the appointment leading up to last week’s special legislative session.

So did Stegall’s ties to Brownback.

While Senate Democrats saw the new selection process as more political, Bruce said Senate confirmation led to a thorough public vetting.

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