Before we begin, Monroe County State Attorney Cathy Vogel says we were mistaken and she wasn't the ASA in the murder case we referenced in the prior post. To that end, we have edited the post to remove any reference to her.
Long time and careful blog readers know we average about a mistake a year. If our memory was faulty, and we have no reason to not believe Ms. Vogel, we apologize.
And there's our mistake for 2014.
KEEP RODNEY SMITH JUDGE.
We are going to endorse only one candidate in one race this year: Judge Rodney Smith.
He is a self made man.
He is a Miami native who came from a poor family and made his way through college and law school with scholarships and hard work.
Upon becoming a lawyer, he immediately gave back to his community by becoming a prosecutor. From the prosecutor's office, he applied for and became a judge. For a talented lawyer, that means removing at least one digit from the monthly paycheck.
For our community to not just survive but thrive, we need more people like Rodney Smith becoming lawyers, and we need more lawyers like Rodney Smith becoming judges.
We are lucky to have Judge Smith as a judge, and there is NO GOOD reason for any lawyer to have targeted Judge Smith.
Vote for Judge Smith. He has earned your vote. He certainly has earned ours.
See you in court.
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