Friday, July 03, 2009
Crist Tries to Diversify Courts
I didn't know that Florida Governor Charlie Crist (R) had tried to reject a slate of candidates for a state judicial seat because the list was all-White. Unfortunately, the Florida Supreme Court said Governor Crist did not have the discretion to do so. That's unfortunate, but I'm impressed by Crist's instincts -- a continuation of his excellent work on felon disenfranchisement. He's facing a tough Senate primary fight with far-right insurgent Marco Rubio, and this probably won't help him there. But if he survives (and I expect him to), Crist is positioning himself (along with Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman) as a potential leader of the serious and inclusive wing of the GOP.