San Antonio: Judge Leaves GOP for Dems due to Anti-LGBT Politicking and Rhetoric, Anti-ACA Activities

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    Oct 22, 2013 3:50 PM GMT
    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/10/21/2811661/san-antonio-judge-bolts-gop/

    ThinkProgressJudge Carlo Key, the presiding judge for the Bexar, Texas County Criminal Court #11 since 2011, announced Monday that he is leaving the Republican Party and will seek re-election as a Democrat. His reason: the growing anti-LGBT extremism in the Texas GOP.

    Key referenced the recent actions of San Antonio City Councilwoman Elisa Chan, a Republican candidate for Texas State Senate, who fought against a citywide employment non-discrimination law and was recorded on tape calling homosexuality “so disgusting.” San Antonio is the county seat of Bexar County.




    Carlo Key, Bexar County (Tex.) Criminal Court JudgeI can no longer be a member of the Republican Party. For too long, the Republican Party has been at war with itself. Rational Republican beliefs have given way to ideological character assassinations. Pragmatism and principal have been overtaken by pettiness and bigotry.

    Make no mistake: I have not left the Republican Party. It left me.

    I cannot tolerate a political party that demeans Texans based on their sexual orientation, the color of their skin or their economic status. I will not be a member of a Party in which hate speech elevates candidates for higher office rather than disqualifying them. I cannot place my name on the ballot for a political party that is proud to destroy the lives of hundreds of thousands of federal workers over the vain attempt to repeal a law that would provide health care to millions of people throughout our country.
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    Oct 23, 2013 5:16 PM GMT
    While I enjoyed that video, I was surprised by it as I'm not used to judges vocally affiliating themselves with a political party.

    Here in Florida, where I've voted since I was 18, their affiliation is not listed on ballots and so I have had to research them and their past rulings and leanings. I remember a time before the internet when I didn't have such easy access to this information and so I'd simply not vote on judges, figuring there must be a representative number of people (I figured lawyers) who would know better the issues to cast a vote more intelligent than my guess work.

    For Florida voters, here's a good reference page on knowing how to decide on judges during election time...

    [url]http://www.floridabar.org/TFB/TFBResources.nsf/0/53691BEC3B7D4C0B852579E6006BFD1B/$FILE/Voter%20Guide%20FINAL.pdf?OpenElement[/url]
    "In non-partisan elections, candidates appear on the ballot without reference to any political party (e.g. Democrat or Republican). Florida law requires judicial elections to be non-partisan in order to preserve the impartiality of the judge’s position."

    VERY IMPORTANT FOR FLORIDA VOTERS...

    10. How can I learn more about the judges' and justices’ backgrounds?

    Biographies of the judges and justices are available on their courts’ websites accessible through

    www.FloridaBar.org/TheVotesInYourCourt

    Also, organizations such as the Women's League of Voters often have valuable information on candidates.
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    Oct 24, 2013 6:02 PM GMT
    Aristoshark said
    theantijock said
    For Florida voters, here's a good reference page on knowing how to decide on judges during election time..

    I just vote for the ones with Jewish names. lol


    Well, it's just a question of reinstatement, not of selection, but given generalities and probabilities, the method might work there too more than it misses. The danger of course being labeled a Zionist of a certain age.