Kansas judge whose tweets sank higher court bid to step down

September 20, 2019 - 10:46 am

A Kansas trial-court judge whose past political tweets sank his nomination for a higher court has announced that he will step down from the bench early next year.

Labette County District Judge Jeffry Jack said Friday that he will retire Jan. 2 and take a job as a regional director for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly nominated Jack in March to fill a Kansas Court of Appeals vacancy. But his nomination was doomed in the Republican-controlled Senate within days when tweets from Jack in 2017 surfaced. The tweets criticized President Donald Trump and other Republicans.

The Senate later voted 38-0 against Jack's confirmation, forcing Kelly to nominate another candidate.

The judge’s Twitter page includes tweets and retweets from 2017 with foul language or acronyms, some expressing support for abortion rights and gun control. A September 2017 tweet referred to Trump as “Fruit Loops,” and another said, “I am so embarrassed that he is our President.” The last tweet on his feed was in October 2017.

Jack has been a district judge since 2005 and previously served in the Kansas House as a Republican.

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