Daschle's Downfall Raises Sebelius Speculation

By: 13 News/Associated Press
By: 13 News/Associated Press

Topeka- Former Senator Tom Daschle's decision to withdraw his nomination as Health and Human Services Secretary renews speculation about Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius' future.

Sebelius' spokeswoman Beth Martino released a statement saying the Governor is focused on working through the challenges facing Kansas.

It doesn't say Sebelius wouldn't be interested in the job. Instead, it says Sebelius will do what she can "to help President Obama fix our economy, improve our health care system and get America back on track.

Daschle withdrew his name Tuesday over problems with his taxes.

Sebelius was mentioned late last year as a possible Obama Cabinet pick. But she took herself out of consideration in December, and last month her office said she stood by that decision.

Complete statement from Sebelius spokeswoman Beth Martino:
“Today’s news about Senator Daschle is unfortunate. Governor Sebelius has enormous respect for Tom Daschle, his talents and his many years of service to our country.

“Governor Sebelius is focused on working through the challenges facing our state and continues to believe reforming health care is absolutely vital to our economic recovery.

“She will continue to do what she can to help President Obama fix our economy, improve our health care system and get America back on track.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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