News release from Tennessee Conservative Union:
The leadership of the Tennessee Conservative Union voiced their support for Tennessee Supreme
Court Justices Gary Wade, Sharon Lee and Cornelia Clark in the upcoming retention election. TCU Chairman Lloyd Daugherty and Executive Director Kelvin Moxley cited the justices’ fidelity to the state and federal constitutions as sufficient reason to retain the three members of Tennessee’s highest court.
“Both Kelvin and I believe that partisan politics should not be a part of judicial selections. The current effort to unseat these three fine jurists is not borne out of some notion of a continued pattern of power usurpation or rogue judicial conduct. Indeed, the stated reasons for opposing them have nothing to do with their rulings or conduct,” said Daugherty.
Daugherty said, “Partisan politics should not enter into the court system. To allow such undermines the rule of law that is so vital to an orderly and civil society and launches us down a road traveled by Boss Crump and Tammany Hall where justice is dispensed based on what political party you support.”
TCU has always looked favorably upon conservatives of all stripes, whether Democrat, Republican, or Independent, who support and advance conservative policies and respect for the Constitution. There are a lot of new people involved in politics, and they need to look back at TCU’s record. TCU has shown that the old way of choosing good judges can work.
While we realize that this position is different from our dear friend Ron Ramsey (who will be inducted into the TCU Conservative Hall of Fame) and Lt. Governor Ramsey has accomplished an amazing amount for conservatives, we also recognize that when one party holds all the power, whether it is Republican or Democrat, problems will arise.
In 1996, the Tennessee Conservative Union led the fight against sitting Supreme Court Justice Penny White over her failure to uphold the death penalty and the constitution. She subsequently lost the retention vote and was removed from the court. We do not see this sort of rejection of the Constitution by this court, thus can see no reason not to retain these three justices.
TCU is the oldest conservative organization in the state, and was founded during the Reagan primary campaign of 1976.