Campaign literature from Jay Drick, one of two candidates hoping to unseat incumbent District Judge Theresa Brennan, says Brennan doesn't reflect the community's values, is a liberal, and bases her rulings on ideology.
The handout also points out that Brennan was appointed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm, and urges voters not to "let the Democrat governor choose your district judge."
But judicial races are designated as nonpartisan by state law, meaning that political parties are not supposed to come into play.
Drick, who is a member of the Livingston County Republicans' Executive Committee, said his goal with the literature was to inform new county residents that Brennan was appointed, not elected.
"We have a lot of newcomers in this county. My literature is essentially pointing out to newcomers that when you go to the polls, do not wrongly think a majority of Livingston County voters some six or eight years ago voted in this judge," he said.
I got the same handout. It was relatively minor when it comes to partisan rhetoric (as least compared to what I've written on this race) It's similar to what is seen at his website. The main point Jay wants to point out about his opponent is that she was appointed by Granholm and was never elected by Livingston County voters. The final decision is made by us, not by somebody from Lansing or Wayne County. I think that's an issue.
As for Jay, he has 30 years of experience in several areas of practice. He's a strict constitutionalist as opposed to a judicial activist. He has one of the calmest temperments of any attorney I know. I've never seen him lose his temper or even become visably agaitated.
Jay would be an excellent judge in Livingston County.