Pa. Senate rejects Wolf’s choice to head state police

    The Republican-controlled state Senate is rejecting Gov. Tom Wolf’s nominee to be Pennsylvania State Police commissioner.

    The Senate’s 26-22 vote Monday marks the low point in the relationship between Senate Republicans and the new Democratic governor. Senate officials couldn’t recall another time senators voted down a nominee.

    The vote is largely ceremonial, and Wolf says he’ll keep the former Maryland state police superintendent in the post as acting commissioner, where he’s been since January.

    The state troopers union opposed Brown’s nomination after he was filmed on video removing roadside signs near his suburban Harrisburg house critical of his decision to wear the state trooper uniform.

    Republicans question how Brown can lead the agency without the rank-and-file’s support and say he has a record of questionable decision-making and forthrightness.

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