GLAZER POSSIBLE OPPONENTS DIDN’T “FAZE-HER”
AND… POSSIBLY ONE OF THE BEST POLITICAL MOVES YET. GENIUS.
Before we get to the Captain’s noon-time political update, we just can’t let this political move go by without comment.
He’s sneaky. He’s sly. He’s shifty. He’s got political moxie.
The type of lawyer who goes to trial just to win on venue.
The type of Judge who gets on NPR by ordering defendants to listen to opera in his chambers.
Who are we speaking of?
Why none other than Former County Court Judge, and possible Circuit Court Judge JEFFREY SWARTZ.
GIVE THE MAN HIS DUE.
Jeffrey Swartz, formerly of the bench, until pounded by Pozo in the last election, clearly had his nose in the air, his ears open, his finger wet, testing the political winds . Constantly sniffing and searching for any way to claw back in to the warm bosom of his judicial buddies, Jeff Swartz may well have outsmarted them all!
Here’s the play: Current Judge Israel “Izzy” Reyes, clearly a favorite of Jeb and the gang, is currently up for re-election. Judge Reyes also just made it to Jeb’s desk for an appointment to the Third DCA where he can join the Rothenberg Crew’s war on the fourth amendment and the commie pinko liberals who file appeals for criminals.
Anyway, by filing against Judge Reyes, who otherwise was thought to have a secure seat, Jeff Swartz essentially placed a $7,000.00 bet that Judge Reyes would be appointed to the Third DCA. Because if Judge Reyes gets the appointment, JEFF SWARTZ GETS A CIRCUIT JUDGE SLOT WITHOUT HAVING TO CAMPAIGN. IT’S A GUARANTEED WIN!!!
If Reyes doesn’t get the appointment, Swartz can save the hundreds of thousands of dollars and withdraw from the campaign.
In our humble eyes, it was a BRILLIANT MOVE.
NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS THE WINNER OF THE BEST POLITICAL MOVE IN DADE COUNTY JUDICIAL RACES THIS YEAR, IS SMART AND TRICKY JEFFREY SWARTZ. TAKE A BOW. YOU’VE EARNED IT.
NOW FOR THE CAPTAIN:
TARGET #3:Circuit Court Group 65
Incumbent Judge Israel Reyes has a challenger. He is none other than former County Court Judge Jeffrey Swartz. Reyes has had a quick rise to power. He was a cop for five years before going to law school at Nova. He was an ASA from 1998-2002 when Gov Jeb appointed him to the County Court bench on March 26, 2002. 18 months later, Bush came calling again, this time appointing him to the Circuit Court. Is he soon headed to the 3rd DCA??? Swartz (that is the way he spells it) was a County Court Judge until 2004 when Ada Pozo Revilla convinced the voters of Dade County to vote looks over age by a margin of 121,595 to 110,445.
Many remember Judge Swartz as the one who would offer those charged with a Miami Beach excessive noise violation the choice of a $500 fine or listening to the opera La Traviata for 2 1/2 hours.
TARGET #4:County Court Group 4:
IT'S THE ST. THOMAS LAW SCHOOL MANO Y MANO
Where Administrative Judge Sam Slom drew an opponent in Cecilia Armenteros-Chavez.
Slom, a 1987 graduate of the charter class of St. Thomas Law School, is the Administrative Judge of the Criminal Division in County Court. He has been a Judge since 1996 ans was formerly an ASA.Cecilia Armenteros (as she is listed with The Florida Bar and as she practices in her law firm; we do not know why she added the name Chavez to the end), is a 1993 graduate of St. Thomas Law School. She has been a member of The Florida Bar since 1994 and practices family law as an associate with the law firm of Buckner & Shifrin in Miami.
TARGET #4:County Court Group 11:
As predicted by The Captain, Judge Karen Mills-Francis will be running for Judge this summer against candidate Stephen Millan.Francis, a UF law school grad and former PD has been a County Court Judge since 2001.Millan, was formerly a candidate in Group 30, but when that seat suddenly disappeared with the appointment of Judge Silver to the Circuit Court, Millan made the move to Group 11. The other candidate for the Group 30 seat, Robert Twombley, dropped out completely, just as I predicted. CAPTAIN OUT ............
Rumpole notes that the challenge to Mills Francis is somewhat surprising in that she trounced a well respected male Judge six years, even during some negative publicity by the Herald during the week of the campaign. Having beaten a male incumbent despite the Herald. What makes Milan think he can beat a female incumbent with no negative publicity?
HEY JUDICIAL CANDIDATES. WANT A COVETED RUMPOLE ENDORSEMENT?
SEND US YOUR PRIVATE EMAIL AND ANSWER OUR LITTLE QUESTIONAIRE, AND YOU MIGHT JUST GET A RUMPOLE ENDORSEMENT FOR JUDGE.
WHAT CAN IT HURT? HAVE A LITTLE FUN. SHOW THE ELECTORATE YOU HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR. EVEN CLINTON ANSWERED ABOUT BOXERS vs. BRIEFS.
See You In Court.