Join Edwards & Ragatz and others in support of the merit retention process and the beliefs upon which it was founded: a fair, impartial and depoliticized judiciary. On Tuesday, November 6th, cast your vote and mark “yes” to retain Justices Pariente, Quince and Lewis on the Florida Supreme Court.
Read our Blog on why Partisan politics should butt out from Florida’s high court retention vote
Why is this so important? If the Justices are not retained, this will be the first time since merit retention elections began in 1978 that there were sitting judges removed. What is outrageous is the reason for the removal – politics. The state Republican Party’s executive committee unanimously voted to oppose all three justices, marking the first time a Florida political party has taken a position in a retention race. Americans for Prosperity, a group formed by the conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, is running television ads against them. The three justices have also drawn opposition from Restore Justice 2012, which grew out of a similar tea party-related organization that unsuccessfully campaigned against two justices in 2010.
This is another attempt by the Republic Party of Florida to restructure Florida’s Supreme Court. Unfortunately, for the three Justices, œmerit retention in this election has nothing to do with their character, their judicial fitness, their diligence or their following and applying the rule of law. The criteria for retention is supposed to be based on the above and whether the Justices have remained impartial, ethical and qualified, not whether voters or any political party disagree with some of their opinions. This political push appears as if the Governor and the Executive Committee of The Republican Party of Florida are attempting to intimidate the Court on matters before it and are attempting to remove those Justices and stack the Court to protect and promote their political agenda.
We need to push back and send a message that politics should not be inserted onto a fair and impartial judiciary. Our democracy is at stake. Vote Yes on November 6, 2012 to retain Justices Pariente, Quince and Lewis on the Florida Supreme Court.
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