Tiller Questions Linger for Ex-Kan. Gov.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Former Kansas governor Kathleen Sebelius
built a national reputation as a centrist Democrat who could
attract moderate Republicans' support in GOP-leaning Kansas.

But she appeared unable to leave behind one piece of her
long-past career as a left-of-center state legislator.

As she became U.S. secretary of health and human services,
questions lingered about political ties to one of the few U.S.
physicians performing late-term abortions.

Many Kansas elected officials are uneasy about Dr. George
Tiller.

Sebelius had to detail past contributions from Tiller to U.S.
senators and caused problems for herself by initially
underreporting them.

Anti-abortion groups were the most vocal critic of her
nomination. Photos of her at an April 2007 reception involving
Tiller at the governor's residence are still circulating over the
Internet.

The U.S. Senate approved her appointment as HHS secretary. But
the questions about her ties to Tiller appeared to make her
confirmation less smooth.


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