Despite Oklahoma legislator's concerns, judicial rating system isn't a chamber of horrors

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: June 21, 2012

We doubt Bennett or Reynolds equate contributions to their campaigns with bribery, so how is a privately funded informational campaign nefarious?

The inherent tension between an independent judiciary and direct election of judges is obvious, but that's the system we have. That Bennett and Reynolds used taxpayer funding to attack private individuals (by name) for engaging in the electoral process is far more disturbing. It's a borderline abuse of power that runs contrary to our nation's constitutional principles of free expression and free association.

Both men claim to be staunch conservatives, yet mouth the platitudes of the far left and employ the private business-bashing tactics of President Barack Obama.

This is something voters should remember — even if they ignore the chamber's judicial ratings.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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