Buyer beware is what they say in the retail business when you may not be getting what you think you are. Liberty Dispatch has been warning voters of a simliar proposition to us as voters in Liberty County. But rather than ask readers to look at this election through our eyes, we want readers to think for themselves as you examine the political scene.
For months we have warned voters of behind the scenes manipulations by Democrats as C. T. "Rusty" Hight, Liz Beausoliel,Phil Fitzgerald, Zack Zbranek and others used Hight's connections to his father-in-law Lester Wisegerber(the Republican Party Chairman before his recent defeat) and their persuasiveness with Michelle Merendino. But today we want to ask readers to think about one question and come to their own conclusion without assuming what seems obvious to us - that Merendino (a Republican) was talked into running by Hight and Beausoliel and Zbranek (all staunc Democrats).
Here is the question: "Why did Michelle Merendino run for the 253rd District Judge's bench instead of the 75th District Judge's bench?
When Merendino decided to run as a Republican she had two district judgeships to consider. She could run in the 253rd and have a primary opponent who has won every election he as ever been in or she could run in the 75th and fill the request Republicans have had for years...candidates to change this seat to a Republican seat. She chose to run in the 253rd. Thank God for Mark Morefield, a well respected and very successful local attorney who decided that it was time for someone to challenge Democrats and run for this seat.
True, the race for the 253rd had party switcher Chap Cain in the Republican primary but in the 75th Rusty Hight initialy had no opponent. Merendino chose to run against one of the top vote getters in Liberty County...against someone who has been a judge for nearly two decades and who received votes from both sides of the political spectrum regardless of party affliation. She chose to run against Judge Cain and, from what we have seen and heard from her campaign, she chose to run against him offering very little to voters in the way of specifics as to why they shouldn't vote for the man they have voted for many times in the past. Why did she choose to run against the stronger of the two judges?
Despite the Republicans need for someone to run against Rusty Hight, Merendino passed on the opportunity. Instead she chose to run against a judge who has documented ethical shortcomings, such as the case he was reprimanded for changing a legal document in order to win in a child custody case. Meredino decided to run as a Republican against the only incumbent Democrat Judge to expose a scandal in the courthouse in our lifetimes. Why didn't Merendino run against the judge that has ethical question circling him like buzzards over roadkill?
Liberty Dispatch has been frustrated for years about strong ties to the Democrat Party among some of the leadership within the Republican Party. Almost everyone in this country can proudly claim they "vote for the man" not the party if that is their viewpoint, but there is an exception. Leadership within a party owes it to the public to work hard for the candidates from their party. If they do have someone they feel is unacceptabe sign up to run in their party, they should be open with their decision if they decide not to support them.
This all leads up to our parting question: "What kind of judges and what kind of county judge would participate in this kind of deception?"