Sometimes the job that is made for you isn’t where you are. That’s a fact of life.
Here’s a message I received today, echoing the same comments as the others:
“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.”
In shopping for an appropriate job for Mikal, I started in Bexar County, but didn’t want to settle for a mere judge or associate justice spot. Mikal’s got too much talent for that. No it’s chief justice or nothing. In the 4th, Chief Justice Alma Lopez is up for re-election in 2008, but she’s a Democrat so the work is done there.
In the neighboring 3rd district, the incumbent is a Republican. A do-nothing Republican. He says in his own bio that the Chief Justice writes the opinions of the court. OK, if so, take a look at who writes the opinions. Anyone but him.
No, we need a Democrat in that spot. A young energetic Democrat. I think Mikal Watts was made for this position, and it was made for him.
Draft Mikal Watts for Chief Justice of the 3rd Court of Appeals!