Kansas governor becomes 1st to have appeals judge rejected

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Senate has overwhelmingly rejected a nominee for the state's second-highest court whose political tweets offended lawmakers.

Kansas Senate rejects the nomination of Jeffry Jack, on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 (WIBW/Shawn Wheat)

The vote Tuesday was 38-0 against confirming Labette County District Judge Jeffry Jack's nomination to the Court of Appeals.

Democrat Laura Kelly became the first Kansas governor to have an appeals court nominee rejected. Yet the Republican-controlled Senate's vote also allowed Kelly to name a second nominee.

Kelly herself had urged senators to reject Jack after trying to withdraw his nomination in March. The state Supreme Court ruled Friday that a 2013 law didn't allow her to withdraw Jack's nomination. That forced Tuesday's vote to keep Jack off the appeals court.

"I think it shows leadership that she decided to withdraw the appointment in as much as a mistake had been made," said Sen. Anthony Hensley, (D-Topeka).

Jack's nomination was doomed by tweets in 2017 that included vulgar language and criticism of President Donald Trump and other Republicans.

"One of the tweets was about me is my understanding and, you know, the choice of words he used was very inappropriate. He could have done much better." Sen. Robert Olson (R-Olathe).