The Honorable Leonard Glick wrote in last week with a comment that was overlooked because it was on a post that was old. We think it deserves a front page post.
Judge Glick wrote:
Sad reality # 1 is that running for judicial office is the equivalent of an advertising/marketing event.
Sad reality # 2 is that the public does not know, or in many instances does not care, about the qualifications of their candidates.If you step back as a casual observer of the election scene you realise that it is a promotional event, not unlike the launching of a new product on the shelf of a supermarket.What will your ad campaign do to promote you and separate you from all the similar products on the shelf (all the other lawyers in your race)?
Will it be a cute catch phrase, i.e. "Tough on crime" ?
Will it be a catchy color scheme,Dolphin Colors,(you have to have some color scheme,after all, for your ad, why not Dolphin colors) to liven up your flyers,billboard or TV ad?
Sad reality # 3 of the election process is that NAMES COUNT.
Since the public realy can't distinguish one candidate from another, they vote according to Name, Ethicity, Gender and any other criteria short of qualifications and experience.Every once and awhile qualified candidates and a good ad campaign gel, and the public gets the best of the best. It's not as rare as you think.
Sad reality # 4 is always overiding in the election process, and that is that the "law of the jungle" applies to these campaigns.
1.Judges do not own these jobs.
2.Candidates for office are going to look for the"weakest wildebeast" on the plain to attack, and if that's a sitting judge who everyone loves and is perfect for the job, but is weak in the "fundraising" Dept. or has a name not reflective of the voting majority, then that person will be a target for the judicial predator.
"That's a fact Jack", to quote Bill Murray in STRIPES,the movie, and no amount of wishing will make these facts go away.
In a perfect world it would be otherwise, but the last time I looked at MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA it was not a perfect world.
That's just my opinion....I could be wrong.
Judge Lenny Glick,
"HE WHO MUST BE OBEYED"
P.S. Glad to see that you, RUMPOLE, by editing the blogsite, have potentialy moved it to a higher level of information.
Thanks for your time.
Rumpole briefly notes that any Judge who does not waste his time reading boring legal opinions but can quote from Stripes, is our kind of jurist.
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