Kelly confident Senate will confirm commerce secretary nominee

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Gov. Laura Kelly on Saturday said she was confident commerce secretary nominee David Toland would win Senate confirmation even though he took "quite a beating" in front of a legislative panel this week.

Speaking to several hundred people at a town hall meeting at Johnson County Community College, Kelly said Toland's confirmation became mired in political "theatrics" this week when a Senate committee refused to endorse his confirmation.

"David Toland is by far the most qualified candidate for secretary of commerce that's been put out there for a long time," Kelly told the audience. "He's a young . . .

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