Republicans in Florida are having a breakdown thinking about Andrew Gillum becoming the first Black governor of the Sunshine State. So much so Governor Rick Scott got shut all the way down trying to fill all three vacancies on the state’s high court.
The Florida state Supreme Court ruled that Gov. Rick Scott (R) cannot appoint three new justices to the court. The state Supreme Court said, “The governor who is elected in the November 2018 general election has the sole authority to fill the vacancies that will be created by the mandatory retirement of Justices Barbara J. Pariente, R. Fred Lewis, and Peggy A. Quince, provided the justices do not leave prior to the expiration of their terms at midnight between January 7 and January 8, 2019, and provided that the governor takes office immediately upon the beginning of his term.”
Justices Barbara Pariente, R. Fred Lewis and Peggy Quince are leaving the court due to age requirements.
Scott leaves office in January but has always maintained he can appoint judges until his last day. However, he was sued by the Florida League of Women Voters and Common Cause, which claimed that Scott’s attempts to “make appointments to shape the judiciary on his way out of office would run directly contrary to the core principle of this State that political power is inherent in the people.”
This means if Gillum wins on November 6, he will be able to appoint judges who are left-leaning. That is a huge win for supporters of the Tallaheese mayor. Gillum has continued to tighten the polls every week.
Bring it home, Mayor Gillum!