Jeffry Jack returned fire at Senate President Susan Wagle on Tuesday after the revelation of profanity-laced politically charged tweets derailed the Labette County district judge's nomination to the Kansas Court of Appeals.

Gov. Laura Kelly expressed disappointment in Jack and said she wasn't aware of the tweets when she selected him Friday to fill the appeals court vacancy.

In the two-year-old comments, Jack directed criticism toward conservative Republicans, including Wagle and President Donald Trump, and took positions on gun violence and abortion. Wagle, a Republican from Wichita, said she was offended by the tweets and that Jack would fail to win approval in the GOP-controlled Senate.

The governor asked Jack to withdraw his name from consideration, and Jack complied.

“I’m surprised and disappointed that a sitting judge would engage in this type of rhetoric,” Kelly said. “It’s unacceptable for a sitting judge, who must be seen as unbiased and impartial, to post personal political views on social media.”

Jack said that as a judge, he is bound by an ethical code that requires him to base decisions on facts and set opinions aside.

"Unfortunately," Jack said, "Senate President Susan Wagle is not bound by the same ethic. She made it very clear that she had already made up her mind — and because of her position, the mind of the Senate — before I had an opportunity for a full and fair hearing."

Jack defended his tweets in a 400-word statement.

"I pointed out when those in power, including the president of the United States, were misogynistic, racist and hypocritical," Jack said. "I believe all citizens, regardless of their position, have a right and a responsibility to do so."

The mistake, Jack said, was not understanding Twitter. He said he believed he was communicating private opinions and didn't understand they could be viewed by the public.

"I am sorry to Gov. Kelly that my ignorance of the mechanisms of Twitter caused her any embarrassment," Jack said. "I am not sorry for believing that violence is bad, that discrimination is bad, that misogyny is bad or that hypocrisy is bad."

In a 2017 post, Jack said Wagle's interest in running for higher office would amount to "failing upward." He referred to another state senator as a "POS."

“In today’s day and age, social media is a major factor in the hiring of applicants," Wagle said. "The comments made by Jeffry Jack would concern any private employer let alone the State of Kansas. I’m glad that Gov. Kelly realized her nominee’s lack of decency and blatant bias.”

Kelly said the Kansas Bureau of Investigation conducted a background check on finalists, but her administration overlooked Jack's Twitter posts.

The governor ordered the nominating committee to further review all applicants and again provide names for consideration. She said she would make a decision on a new appointment before the end of the session.

"In an era when we increasingly see Twitter and other social media platforms being used to attack and divide, we can and must do better," Kelly said. "The last 24 hours is just the latest example of the deterioration of political discourse — on both sides of the aisle."

Mary Kay Culp, executive director for Kansans for Life, said she was so dismayed with the tweets that Jack should step down from his current position.

“This event shows why passing the law enabling Kansas citizens to be involved in the state appeals court nomination process via state Senate confirmation was such a good idea, and why the same standard needs to be applied to the Kansas Supreme Court," Culp said.