Kansas Senate leader to oppose Kelly appeals court nominee

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The Kansas Senate’s top leader says that she will oppose Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s nominee to the state Court of Appeals.

Senate President and conservative Wichita Republican Susan Wagle said Monday that nominee Jeffry Jack has a history of “pro-abortion” rhetoric, statements favoring gun control and criticism of President Donald Trump.

Wagle’s staff pointed to Jack’s social media tweets and retweets about gun violence, abortion and Trump. A picture of Jack appears on his Twitter page.

Jack has been a Labette County district judge since 2005. Kelly nominated him Friday for an open seat on the state’s second-highest court, and the appointment must be confirmed by the Senate.

Kelly spokeswoman Ashley All said her office is looking into the matter. Jack did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.

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