I am troubled by the trend of governors to appoint judges just prior to election, thereby depriving voters of the ability to select the best candidate. George Fearing was not elected but appointed by the governor just before the close of candidate registration. This executive appointment blurs the line of separation between executive and judicial powers.
In a recent Washington State Supreme Court decision, Freedom Foundation v. Gregoire, the state Supreme Court ruled the governor can use "executive privilege" to block the release of public documents this clearly shows the toxic mix of politicians infecting judicial outcomes. Justice Mary Fairhurst, who wrote the majority opinion, worked directly under Gregoire when she was attorney general. The majority of justices in that decision where appointed by the governors or ran unopposed. The decision illustrates that the justices ignore our state's constitution, statutes and tradition, damaging over 120 years of open government in Washington.
Gary Metro, is running for judge for the Court of Appeals because he believes in the fundamental right of due process for all and not just the privileged or politically connected; don't allow the politicians to select our judges. Vote for Gary Metro.
KEVIN HOLT, Kennewick