Challenged Supremes promise active campaign

In a visit to Kingsport as part of a statewide tour, three Democratic Tennessee Supreme Court justices said they will be actively campaigning to counter an effort by some Republicans to unseat them in an Aug. 7 retention election, reports Hank Hayes.

Justices Sharon Lee of the Eastern Section, Cornelia Clark of the Middle Section and Chief Justice Gary Wade all said in short interviews at The Club at Ridgefields that they will campaign to keep their seats for another eight-year term.

“We’re working hard,” Lee said. “We’re organizing a campaign. We’re getting our message and the facts out. We trust that when the voters understand our records and the good work we have done, they’ll vote to retain us. … Lawyers support us. They are going to talk to their fellow attorneys. They will talk to their clients, their friends, their neighbors.”

Said Clark: “I think we have a story to tell. … We will talk about our desire to uphold our oaths and I trust Tennesseans to make good judgments about that. … We will do advertising just like everybody else will.”

Wade also insisted he has confidence in voters and in the quality of work the five-member Tennessee Supreme Court has done.

He pointed to a Tennessee Performance Evaluation Commission (TPEC) recommendation to retain him, Lee and Clark. The nine-member commission included lawyers, non-lawyers and state trial court judges.