Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley said that the names of the applicants for the Kansas Court of Appeals need to be released.
The names of the applicants were not released by Gov. Sam Brownback.
Hensley, a Democrat, issued a statement:
“Governor Brownback told the news media during a press conference Tuesday that Caleb Stegall ‘is the most qualified choice for the Court of Appeals.’ However, when the media requested the names of the other applicants, he refused to comply with their request. Without the names of the other candidates, it is impossible to know whether Stegall was the most qualified choice.
“This is exactly why another open records request from the Kansas League of Women Voters is warranted. In the interest of open government, Governor Brownback should release the names instead of keeping a shroud of secrecy over the process.
“Releasing this information is no different than when Sam Brownback wanted documents pertaining to George Bush’s 2005 nomination of White House Counsel Harriet Miers to the U.S. Supreme Court. Bush refused to release documents requested in a letter from Brownback and U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham. In an October 27, 2005, New York Times article Brownback stated, ‘At the end of the day, we were not given the documents we believed we needed to give good advice and consent on this nomination.’
“If Stegall is actually the best applicant and this nomination process isn’t just for packing the court with his political and ideological allies, then Brownback should have no problem releasing the names of the other applicants as soon as possible.”