Reports conflict on Kansas governor receiving ag job in Rome

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 8, 2017 at 7:25 p.m.



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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — There were conflicting reports Wednesday about the possibility of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback being named to an ambassadorship in Rome representing the U.S. at United Nations agricultural organizations.

The Associated Press could not confirm the reports.

Kansas Public Radio said Brownback would be appointed U.S. ambassador for three food and agriculture organizations in Rome. It cited an anonymous former high-ranking government official as its source.

The Kansas City Star said in a report citing unnamed sources that no offer has been extended but the governor has discussed the possibility of taking the job.

Brownback spokeswoman Melika Willoughby would neither confirm nor deny the reports.

The reports come with Kansas facing a budget crisis and Brownback trying to stave off income tax increases supported by many fellow Republicans. If he leaves, Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer would become governor.

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