Rejected Kansas nominee says vote discourages service

May 15, 2019 - 5:39 am

A Kansas Court of Appeals candidate whose nomination was rejected by the state Senate says its actions and members' comments about him will discourage qualified people from serving the state.

Labette County District Judge Jeffry Jack also said Tuesday that he is happy to put his record up against the Senate's record.

The Senate voted 38-0 against Jack's nomination to the state's second-highest court. His nomination was doomed by political tweets he made in 2017 criticizing President Donald Trump and other Republicans.

He's also facing a call for the state Commission on Judicial Conduct to review his behavior and consider whether he has violated judicial ethics.

Jack says he intends to remain as a trial-court judge and "apply the law to the facts without personal bias or partisan advantage."

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