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Gov. Deval Patrick’s judicial picks spark council strife ^ | 12/18/2010 | Dave Wedge

Posted on 12/18/2010 5:15:33 AM PST by massmike

A quartet of controversial judicial picks by Gov. Deval Patrick — including the wife of a deep-pocketed state representative — have escalated infighting on the Governor’s Council as some members say nominees are being rushed through before a pair of lame ducks leaves office.

Councilors Mary-Ellen Manning and Marilyn Devaney also are criticizing Patrick’s nomination this week of state Rep. Garrett Bradley’s wife, Heather, a Plymouth County prosecutor. Bradley (D-Hingham) gave Patrick a maximum $500 donation in March and has donated more than $36,000 to the state Democratic Party since 2006, records show.

He’s also given more than $130,000 to national Democrats in the last decade, records show.

“If you give money, you’re going to be appointed. That’s the way it is,” Devaney said.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: devalpatrick; patrick; romney; romneyabdication; romneyslegacy

1 posted on 12/18/2010 5:15:38 AM PST by massmike
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"Governor Mitt Romney, who touts his conservative credentials to out-of-state Republicans,
has passed over GOP lawyers for three-quarters of the 36 judicial vacancies he has faced
instead tapping registered Democrats or independents -- including two gay lawyers who
have supported expanded same-sex rights, a Globe review of the nominations has found.
Of the 36 people Romney named to be judges or clerk magistrates, 23 are either registered Democrats
or unenrolled voters who have made multiple contributions to Democratic politicians
or who voted in Democratic primaries, state and local records show.
In all, he has nominated nine registered Republicans, 13 unenrolled voters,
and 14 registered Democrats."
- Boston Globe 7/25/2005

Romney Rewards one of the State's Leading Anti-Marriage Attorneys by Making him a Judge
Romney told the U.S. Senate on June 22, 2004, that the "real threat to the States is not the
constitutional amendment process, in which the states participate,
but activist judges who disregard the law and redefine marriage . . ."
Romney sounds tough but yet he had no qualms advancing the legal career of one
of the leading anti-marriage attorneys.
He nominated Stephen Abany to a District Court.
Abany has been a key player in the Massachusetts Lesbian and Gay Bar Association which,
in its own words, is "dedicated to ensuring that the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision
on marriage equality is upheld, and that any anti-gay amendment or legislation is defeated."
- U.S. Senate testimony by Gov. Mitt Romney, 6/22/2004 P>

"Romney announces he won't fill judicial vacancies before term ends
Despite his rhetoric about judicial activism, Romney announced that
he won't fill all the remaining vacancies during his term - but instead
leave them for his liberal Democrat successor!

Governor Mitt Romney pledged yesterday not to make a flurry of lame-duck
judicial appointments in the final days of his administration . . . David Yas,
editor of Lawyers Weekly, said Romney is "bucking tradition" by resisting the urge to
fill all remaining judgeships. "It is a tradition for governors to use that power to appoint judges
aggressively in the waning moments of their administration," Yas said.
He added that Romney has been criticized for failing to make judicial appointments.
"The legal community has consistently criticized him for not filling open seats quickly enough
and being a little too painstaking in the process and being dismissive of the input of the
Judicial Nominating Commission," Yas said.
- Boston Globe 11/2/2006

2 posted on 12/18/2010 5:20:30 AM PST by Diogenesis (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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your post boiled down...... Mitt was governor of Massachusetts. That is enough reason to oppose him.

If he was good for Massachusetts, he is bad for America.

3 posted on 12/18/2010 5:27:59 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 .....( History is a process, not an event ))
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bert: “ your post boiled down...... Mitt was governor of Massachusetts. That is enough reason to oppose him. If he was good for Massachusetts, he is bad for America."

You are not logical but your conclusion is correct anyway.
It is not about Massachusetts, it is about Romney.
It is not about "governing", it is about abdication (by Romney).

4 posted on 12/18/2010 5:41:28 AM PST by Diogenesis (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: bert

Seems like Scott Brown is following in Romney’s footsteps.

Guess he prizes his military gig more than he values those who are actually fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He was an early supporter of DADT. Guess that will earn him a promotion and more pay in his pocket.

Shame on you, Senator Brown.

5 posted on 12/18/2010 7:07:40 AM PST by Carley (ISRAEL.......NOT SO ALONE!!!)
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