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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Big Money Democrats Fund Republican Candidates for Texas Supreme Court

According to Patricia Kilday Hart in the Houston Chronicle plaintiffs' trial lawyers are "raising campaign cash for a slate of Republican primary challengers to incumbent Texas Supreme Court justices, drawing largely on traditional Democratic donors."  Why would these big money Democrats fund Republicans?  "[S]ince 1994, no Democrat has been elected statewide in Texas."

The primary challengers and incumbents are: former Rep. Robert Talton vs. Chief Justice Nathan Hecht; lawyer Joe Pool Jr. vs. Justice Jeff Brown; and Appeals Judge Sharon McCally, who is challenging Justice Phil Johnson.

Patricia Kilday Hart in The Houston Chronicle reports: "Gov. Rick Perry sent an email this week supporting Hecht, Brown and Johnson, whom he appointed to positions on the court. He warned that 'liberal personal injury trial attorneys ... want to buy judges who would return Texas to the bad old days of Jackpot justice - huge and senseless jury verdicts that will bankrupt companies, take away jobs and ruin our economy.'"

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