Governor drops nominee over 2017 Twitter posts

State News

March 20, 2019 - 10:30 AM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Posts on a Kansas judge’s Twitter feed that included vulgar language and criticism of President Donald Trump prompted Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly to withdraw his nomination Tuesday for the state’s second-highest court and raised concerns about her vetting process.

Labette County District Judge Jeffry Jack also faced questions about whether he should remain on the trial-court bench in southeast Kansas. The Senate’s top leader said the state’s judicial ethics commission should review his conduct, and Kansans for Life, a politically influential anti-abortion group, called on him to resign.

Jack maintained in a statement that his tweets expressed “anti-violence, anti-discrimination and anti-hypocrisy” views and non-partisan personal opinions that do not affect his work on the bench. He declined to comment on the calls for his resignation and a review of his conduct.

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