Pa. Senate prepares to wrap up review of Wolf cabinet picks

Written by WITF Staff Report and The Associated Press | Jun 1, 2015 3:09 AM

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(Harrisburg) -- At least one of Governor Tom Wolf's Cabinet nominations may be in trouble as the state Senate winds up its review of his top advisers in the next two weeks. 

Lieutenant Colonel Marcus Brown, Wolf's choice to lead the State Police, faces a Senate committee hearing Wednesday. 

Some Republican senators already are saying Brown lacks enough votes for confirmation because of criticism over his actions as a police official in Maryland and decisions he's made in Pennsylvania. 

The governor tells the WITF Radio PA program, Ask the Governor,  he hopes the Senate will examine Brown's qualifications when voting on the nomination.

"I think on the basis -- just on the strength of his resume, his qualifications, his background -- I think his nomination should be confirmed," he says.

Wolf is rejecting calls, including from Senate GOP leaders, to withdraw Brown's nomination.

"He is a courageous person and is willing to go through this -- the slings and arrows he's taken and I applaud him for that," he says. "I could do nothing less than stand with him in this and I intend to do that.

Also awaiting action are the nominations of Pedro Cortes as secretary of state and John Quigley's nomination as secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection.  

So far, the Senate has confirmed nine nominations and 11 are pending.  

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