Excerpt from a TNReport review of the judicial retention situation:
Gerald McCormick, the House majority leader, told TNReport last week that he applauds the Senate’s decision to inquire into the Wade matter.
“I certainly trust Sen. Bell’s judgement on that, and I would be supportive of looking into that based on my confidence in him on the issue,” said McCormick, the second most powerful lawmaker in the House of Representatives.
McCormick also blasted the campaign by the three state Supreme Court justices seeking retention in the Aug. 7 election. The Chattanooga Republican accused Wade and Justices Sharon Lee and Cornelia Clark of running a “partisan” campaign.
“They need to be replaced,” said McCormick. “I think there are probably at least three good, qualified Republican lawyers across the state who would be good Supreme Court justices.”
McCormick said he’s become increasingly perturbed at the way Wade, Clark and Lee are “behaving as partisan Democrats” as they aggressively seek funds “so they can keep their jobs.”
“They are pressuring lawyers all over the state to give money to their organized political campaign,” said McCormick.
Last week, the “coordinated campaign” to retain the three Supreme Court justices, all of whom were appointed by former Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat, announced they’d raised $600,000 to convince voters to keep them on the bench.