News release from Tennesseans for Fair Courts
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 22, 2014) – With an unprecedented and nakedly political assault on the Tennessee Supreme Court in full swing, Tennesseans for Fair Courts is ready to strike back with a new ad campaign to protect the independence of the state’s judicial system.
The first ad—a 30-second TV spot—shines a spotlight on the malicious untruths beings spread by political extremists who are attacking three Supreme Court Justices in particular. The ad quotes various media outlets and independent judicial experts who have called the accusations “false,” “misleading,” “lunacy” and a “smear campaign.”
“Experts have evaluated and condemned these false attacks on our state’s Supreme Court, and that is a fact every voter in Tennessee needs to know,” said Clint Kelly, a Hendersonville attorney and spokesperson for Tennesseans for Fair Courts.
The expert analysis, as reported in The Tennessean, WTVF-TV NewsChannel 5, and elsewhere, concludes that accusations that Justices Connie Clark, Sharon Lee and Gary Wade have ever “advanced ObamaCare” are complete fabrications.
“That is the lie of all lies to say they had anything to do with ObamaCare,” said Kelly. “They have not made any rulings on ObamaCare, nor are they likely to because that’s a federal issue and this is a state court.”
In a July 20th editorial titled “Don’t be fooled by the smear campaign,” The Tennessean responded to attempts to connect any state Supreme Court Justice to ObamaCare by saying, “This is lunacy—and a sad case of using a charged buzzword just to inflame and mislead.”
“These falsehoods are part of a transparent power grab by Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey. He isn’t satisfied with a super majority in the state legislature and is trying to seize control of the Supreme Court as well,” said Kelly.
The first 30-second TV spot by Tennesseans for Fair Courts is now available online and will be aired on network and cable television in markets across Tennessee.
“Ron Ramsey is embarrassing our state by trying to cast aside the checks and balances established by our Founding Fathers. He’s allowed himself to become a handmaiden for the Koch Brothers and other out-of-state ‘dark money’ groups who want their own personal brand of political extremism to run rampant in our courts,” said Kelly.
According to the Tennessee Bar Association, nine out of ten attorneys in Tennessee want to retain all three justices because they are fairly and impartially administering the law under the Constitutions of the state and the country.
All three justices are also supported by the Fraternal Order of Police, which generally does not make endorsements in supreme court elections but has made an exception in response to the unprecedented politicization of this year’s election.
A bi-partisan group of current and former prosecutors has also publically come out in favor of retaining all three state Supreme Court justices.