Brownback’s Values Action Team Crumbles

Yesterday we noted that Sen. Sam Brownback was losing his pro-life credentials because of his support of Kathleen Sebelius’ nomination to become Secretary of Health and Human Services.

It was pretty obvious that this is going to become a contentious issue for the Religious Right … but we never would have predicted that it would get this bad this quickly:

While Brownback’s decision to back Sebelius may prove advantageous for Republicans in the Senate chamber, he frustrated some of his closest allies among Washington’s pro-life groups, such as the Family Research Council and Concerned Women for America. Tuesday, Brownback hosted his weekly “Values Action Team” meeting in one of the Senate office buildings, where pro-family groups gather to coordinate with legislators. A representative from the Family Research Council stood and told the senator they were withdrawing from the group because of his support of Sebelius.

But Concerned Women for America President Wendy Wright, while “disappointed” in Brownback’s support of Sebelius, said the focus now should not be on Brownback but on preventing Sebelius’ confirmation.

“I don’t want this to be a Rush Limbaugh–Michael Steele,” she said. “We are focused more on infighting and our opponents slip right by.”

It is probably no coincidence that today FRC launched its own effort to sink Sebelius’ nomination:

Women deserve better, patients deserve better — all Americans deserve better. It’s clear that President Obama has chosen to put a radical abortion agenda ahead of the desire for reforms everyone can agreed upon.

Click here to contact your two U.S. senators and let them know that women and all families deserve a better choice for Secretary of Health and Human Services. This nomination is moving quickly, so please — act now. And forward this email to friends and family so they can weigh in too.