Not satisfied with controlling the Governor’s Office (Tea Party darling Rick Scott) and the Florida Legislature (both chambers have large Republican majorities), the US Chamber of Commerce and its right-wing allies are mounting a campaign to unseat three moderate Florida Supreme Court Justices. If the Justices are unseated and Rick Scott chooses their replacements, any hope that the poor, the injured, the forgotten, the voiceless, the defenseless and the damned have of receiving a fair shake will be vanquished. The three seats of our state government – Executive, Legislative, and the Courts – will be in the hands of the Huns. Shudder the thought!
Every six years, Florida’s Supreme Court Justices are subject to a “yes” or “no” merit retention vote by the general electorate. No Supreme Court Justice has ever been voted out of office. However, no Justice has faced what Justices R. Fred Lewis, Barbara J. Pariente, and Peggy A. Quince will be facing in the coming months in the lead up to their merit retention votes in November, 2012.
Each Justice is eminently qualified, sober, practical, fair, and moderate, qualities putting them at direct odds with the US Chamber of Commerce, an organization leading the charge nationwide to concentrate even more power in the hands of the very wealthy. From redistricting to legislation, the USCC is in the forefront of a comprehensive campaign to limit what little is left of, We, The People.
A relatively new tactic for the USCC is to target judges and justices with whom they disagree. Consistent with this tactic, the USCC will be investing large sums of money to unseat the Florida Justices. The USCC is well-funded and does not play footsies. If successful, the consequences will be catastrophic. Florida will become the next Texas!
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Jeffrey P. Gale, P.A. is a South Florida based law firm committed to the judicial system and to representing and obtaining justice for individuals – the poor, the injured, the forgotten, the voiceless, the defenseless and the damned, and to protecting the rights of such people from corporate and government oppression. We do not represent government, corporations or large business interests.