From the Weatherford Star-Telegram, May 17, 2016 –
I was raised by an old minister who said, “If the truth offends you, the problem is not with the truth.” In the race for the County Court at Law No. 2 position, one candidate was appointed by a small group of political insiders as a reward for his loyal and obedient service to the insiders. Whether spearheading the Dewhurst campaign against Ted Cruz or manning the phones when that same small group of insiders tried to defeat an incumbent Republican County Commissioner, Curtis Jenkins worked hard for the insiders.
Not every doctor is qualified to be a surgeon and not every lawyer is qualified to be a Judge.
A search of the Court records of Parker County during the candidate’s brief stint as a private attorney, ten years ago, shows he had only one potentially contested civil case. On that candidate’s application for the Judge job, he does not claim to have ever tried a contested civil case and claims to have tried only ten criminal cases in 23 years of practice. Lynn Marie Johnson has been involved in hundreds of contested civil and criminal cases. It is not rude or impolite to point out differences in qualifications between the candidates because the voters of Parker County are hiring a Judge and Parker County should be entitled to the most qualified Judge available to them.
Make no mistake about it, the courtroom is the operating room of the legal profession. A patient who faces life threatening open heart surgery, would want the surgeon to have been in the operating room hundreds of times rather than a few times. That would be true even if the surgeon was a sweet, loyal, obedient political insider.
It is disappointing that certain elected officials and political insiders have been reduced to name calling. In the Good Book, it is said that a person will be known by their works. That is especially true in this election. The name calling is a symptom of the problem of having political insiders decide who the candidates should be based on the candidate’s ability to take orders from the insiders rather than the qualifications of the candidates. When the insiders select an unqualified candidate, their only recourse is to resort to ugly name calling.