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Brunk should choose between House and job offer

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Rep. Steve Brunk, R-Wichita, should feel free to accept the job offer to become executive director of the Kansas Family Policy Council, which aims among other things to “advance Christian family values in policy.” But if he does, he should leave the House. Last week he suggested he could lead the group without officially lobbying for it – a distinction that, in his mind, would enable him to continue not only as a legislator but as chairman of the House Federal and State Affairs Committee. The panel handles many of the bills of interest to the council, which is a policy arm of Focus on the Family. Brunk made this astonishing statement: “One of the things that they want to do is impact legislation and so how better to do that than to have the person who handles all of that legislation actually be in the Legislature and actually be chairman of the committee?” No wonder a Talking Points Memo editor suggested “this may be the quote of the year in politics.” As if the revolving door between state government and lobbying weren’t bad enough, Brunk seems to want to break it down entirely. That’s unacceptable. – Rhonda Holman

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