Kansas lawmaker Gene Suellentrop voted out by Republicans

Capitol Bureau

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) —  Republicans have ousted a powerful Kansas lawmaker charged with drunken driving from his leadership job.

The move against Kansas Senate Majority Leader Gene Suellentrop on Friday followed the release of a document saying he taunted the Highway Patrol trooper who arrested him and called the officer “donut boy.”

It was the first time in at least several decades that a Kansas legislative leader’s colleagues pushed him out before the end of his or her term.

Republican senators voted 22-4 to remove Suellentrop during a 50-minute meeting that was closed to reporters and the public. Senate President Ty Masterson disclosed the vote afterward.

Senate Democratic Leader Dinah Sykes released the following statement Friday on Senator Suellentrop’s removal as majority leader:

“I am glad that Senator Suellentrop has been held accountable by his caucus for his cavalier actions in March. It is unfortunate that he lacked the self-awareness to put the people of Kansas over his pride and resign on his own. I hope that in the coming weeks, he will choose to reflect on his behavior and the type of leadership he believes Kansans deserve representing them in Topeka.”

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