Friday, July 06, 2007

Draft Mikal Watts For Chief Justice of Texas 3rd Court of Appeals

Republicans have had a stranglehold on the Texas court system. But now, with parts of Texas going blue, progressive Texans have a chance to retake the state justice system.

Let’s start at the top. Ken Law is Chief Justice of the Texas 3rd Court of Appeals in Austin. He ran unopposed in 2002 for the office of Chief Justice.

What we need to oppose this qualified, but Republican, individual is a centrist Democrat with sterling credentials in law, and we need look no further than San Antonio's own Mikal Watts.

Watts has made himself well-known in legal circles, and has recently become mentioned in the news in a possible Senate race bid. Watts would be a good opponent to Bush rubberstamp Senator John Cornyn, but in opposing this Republican, he leaves himself open to accusations of trying to buy the office with contingency fees, a liability in the extreme. Others might point out that he has no legislative experience and that he is underqualified to be a senator.

Let’s turn his liabilities into strengths.

Let’s urge Mikal Watts to run for Chief Justice.

Mikal Watts, the right man for the right office.


Small Tent Democrat said...

That's an idea.

Does the 3rd Court of Appeals encompass San Antonio, too?

Maybe we could find alternative races for both Watts and Noriega so that Emil Reichstadt can slide into the nomination and beat Cornyn.

Anonymous said...

Watts does not live in Austin or any of the counties covered by the 3rd court.

Anonymous said...

He's not from Austin

Hal said...

Details, details. To run for a plum seat on the Court of Appeals, doesn't that bear a reason to move to Austin? It's just down the road and the schools are better.

Kenneth Fair said...

The Third Court of Appeals is based in Austin and hears appeals from the trial courts in Bastrop, Bell, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Coke, Comal, Concho, Fayette, Hays, Irion, Lampasas, Lee, Llano, McCulloch, Milam, Mills, Runnels, San Saba, Schleicher, Sterling, Tom Green, Travis, and Williamson counties.

The Fourth Court of Appeals is based in San Antonio and hears appeals from the trial courts in Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Brooks, Dimmit, Duval, Edwards, Frio, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Kinney, La Salle, Mason, Maverick, McMullen, Medina, Menard, Real, Starr, Sutton, Uvalde, Val Verde, Webb, Wilson, Zapata, and Zavala counties.

Buzzerfly said...

Your assertion that Law is a "qualified, but Republican, individual" smacks of party elitism, and one of the factors that continue to divide our country. How about electing the best person for the job? Oh, that's right, you're a democrat, and don't believe in that line of thought...

Hal said...

No, Buzzerfly, that is wrong. I am a partisan. One can be a partisan Democrat or a partisan Republican. Partisan Republicans would not vote for a Democrat because he is "the best person for the job" just as a partisan Democrat would rather vote for a yellow dog than a Republican. Partisans know who butters their bread. I would no more expect a Republican to look out after my interests as a middle class public servant than I would expect a Democrat to look out after the corporate interests of the pharmaceutical industry.

I know what party works for me. Do you?

And as an aside, you missed the entire point of the posting.