05/29/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Sebelius Nomination: Palin Supporters Fighting Despite Health Crisis

Supporters of Sarah Palin are aiming to derail Health and Human Services nominee Kathleen Sebelius by pressuring Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kansas) to vote against his home state governor. The call to action came from Team Sarah (a social networking group for Palin fans) Tuesday, in spite of a burgeoning swine flu crisis. Last week, Team Sarah called on members to "flood the phone lines of the Senate Finance Committee," demanding votes against Sebelius. That campaign failed -- the committee approved of Sebelius in a 15 to 8 vote.

Palin backers aren't the only conservatives targeting Brownback. Angry pro-life activists have warned that there will be consequences for the senator if he continues to back Sebelius. "We'll be extremely disappointed if Sen. Brownback doesn't change his mind," said Tom McClusky, vice president of government affairs for the Family Research Council. "That will play a role in any of our future work with him."

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