GOP leader seeks to bar Kelly from naming judge


State News

April 12, 2019 - 6:13 PM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Senate’s top Republican is trying to bar Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly from filling a vacancy on the state’s second-highest court after Kelly was forced to withdraw her first choice because of political posts on his Twitter feed.

Senate President Susan Wagle sent a letter Friday to state Attorney General Derek Schmidt, also a Republican, asking him to sue to block Kelly from submitting another state Court of Appeals nominee to the Senate for confirmation. Wagle wants any appointment postponed until a lawsuit is resolved, which could take months.

Kelly was forced to withdraw her first nomination, Labette County District Judge Jeffry Jack, last month over 2017 tweets that included vulgar language directed at Republicans and criticism of President Donald Trump. It was a major embarrassment for the new governor and raised questions about her vetting process.

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