Watson: Think about a new campaign finance system for judges

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Eric Watson, in an article on judicial selection posted by the Chattanoogan, suggests consideration of a separate campaign finance system for judges.
One of the most repeated arguments for retaining the Tennessee Plan is that the high cost of political campaigns could corrupt our judicial system. This is a legitimate concern; however it is possible to have judges comply with a different set of campaign finance laws than typical political campaigns.
A few have even proposed some type of heavy restrictions on fundraising by judges with public financing as a part of the solution. This is a radical change that must be seriously discussed before moving forward.
One thing is for certain, it is time for fundamental change in the process. Our state constitution is a sacred document that we must follow, not merely pages of suggestions for governing of state
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