Gingrich, GOP Leaders Endorse Shigley

From a campaign press release:

“Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich has endorsed Ken Shigley in his race for Georgia Court of Appeals judge, joining a chorus of support from conservative leader including Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren, former Georgia GOP chair Sue Everhart and former Congressman Lynn Westmoreland.

“Ken Shigley is the best candidate for the Georgia Court of Appeals,” said Gingrich in Shigley’s new TV ad. “He knows the law — has the experience, temperament and wisdom.”

In addition to the Gingrich ad running on Fox News Channel, Shigley is launching a $200,000 media buy to renew his original ad   on metro Atlanta TV that started Monday.

Everhart points out that Shigley’s opponent in the May 22 race is a lifelong Democrat. “He has run for office four times as a Democrat,” she said. “I think the voters deserve to know the truth. I support Ken Shigley.”

“I appreciate the support of these great leaders who have devoted much of their lives to serving Georgians,” Shigley said. “As a judge on the Georgia Court of Appeals, I will demonstrate conservative values by applying the law not making the law, limiting myself to two terms and will not get a judicial pension under current law.”

Shigley served as president of the State Bar of Georgia from 2011 to 2012. The volunteer position involved intense interaction with the executive, legislative and judicial branches of state government and all classes and levels of judges statewide, a 150-member board of governors, 16-member executive committee and staff of 75 in three offices in Atlanta, Savannah and Tifton. He later chaired board of trustees for the Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Georgia.”

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Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

As someone who practices in front of the Court of Appeals, I have serious, serious reservations about anyone injecting partisanship into a judicial election.* Further, I don’t give much credence to the opinions of a bunch of non-lawyers about someone’s qualifications and skills as a jurist. For what it’s worth, some actual lawyers like Saxby Chambliss have chosen to endorse Ken Hodges. Sen. Chambliss is the chair of Hodges’ campaign and the treasurer of Hodges campaign is the former Chief Judge of the Georgia Court of Appeals, Ed Johnson. Neither of those men are raging liberal Democrats. *I’ve also got… Read more »

bethebalance
bethebalance

Assuming we elect, the veil of partisanship is so thin anyways, Between endorsements, appearances at fundraisers… Not saying abandon the idea, but tighten the meaning of nonpartisanship. But . even then parties will inject themselves. As will anyone who wants to legally interject a partisan opinion, as in anyone can. So, I’m with you that the judiciary deserves competence over politics. The system we have for appointing some vacancies in the judiciary- with the Nominating Commission- could even work somewhat well for that. But some partisan hack would probly sue saying the Bar Assn. couldn’t be involved or something like… Read more »

bethebalance
bethebalance

Funny just found a story/letter about the Nominating Commission not being diverse enough- in both its makeup and its choices.
https://www.law.com/dailyreportonline/2018/04/09/georgia-judicial-appointments-are-at-a-crossroads-concerning-diversity-letter/
But still- better than elections.

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Does Ginsberg’s obvious hatred of Trump and conservatives bother you at all? Doesn’t she epitomize partisanship on the Supreme Court? She seems to relish her political role.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Homie, I’m afraid this is another area in which you’re completely clueless. Justice Ginsberg doesn’t “hate” conservatives. Her approach to interpreting the Constitution merely differs from that her very close friend, the late Justice Scalia. That approach, viewing the Constitution as a “living document” designed to be adapted to the evolution of society and societal values is what leads her to different decisions than someone like Justice Alito, who approaches the Constitution with the more limited inquiry of “original intent.” My qualms with judicial elections are numerous…. mainly, it opens judges up to the influence of special interests and campaign… Read more »

xdog
xdog

The Notorious RBG holds love in her heart for all of God’s creatures, even Trump, despite his lack of qualifications to serve as POTUS.

If you’re really worried about partisanship by Supreme Court Justices, you’re probably especially concerned about some of Justice Alito’s speeches. Maybe those should be your focus.

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

I got a robocall from Sue Everhart Thats reason enough to not vote for someone. I hate robocalls that I dont answer that still leave a message

Will Durant
Will Durant

Just saw one of his teevee ads on the local news and yes it is unseemly in my mind to see potential judges soliciting for votes, contributions, etc. You have to wonder about the payback. At least he wasn’t fondling his gun…

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I’d also like to helpfully point out that being president of the State Bar has absolutely zero reflection on one’s skills as an attorney or a jurist. It just means you’re good at shaking hands.