In and outs of the political campaigns, focusing on Michigan and Lansing, Tim Skubick will report regularly throughout the primary and then general election campaigns.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Brewer: Here We Go Again
It made such a tremendous impact on everyone in the last contest for the State Supreme Court that no one has forgotten the "Sleeping Judge" TV commercial that sent former Chief Justice Cliff Talyor to the showers. Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer was taking another victory lap the other night as the Michigan Association for Justice, which is just a fancy-smancy name for the trial lawyers, gave him an award. Brewer humbly accepted it "on behalf of everyone who believed we could defeat Cliff Taylor and the thousands who worked to make it happen." Cue the applause. But that was then and now is now and Taylor is rallying the troops to reprise the Taylor upset. He's plopped a bulls eye on the back of the next GOP justice who is running next year, one Mr. Robert Young who, according to the party chair, favors "corporations and insurance companies over and over again…" Taylor is launching a contest asking party folks to "tell us their worst story about Bob Young and also guess how many times he has fallen asleep on the bench…" Actually this is how Brewer discovered the allegation that Taylor nodded off. Brewer was interviewing two plaintiffs that appeared before the judge and during the exchange, on videotape, they said they saw Taylor sleeping. The rest, as they say, is history. Brewer is back hoping that somebody out there, somewhere, saw Young doing something that can be converted into another attack ad. Maybe someone saw Young toss some paper on the ground, or saw him going 80 in a 25 mph zone, or smoking in a non-smoking section, or, or the list of possibilities is endless. Brewer did not indicate if any of this stuff had to be tru e, but than that never stopped him before, his critics would say.