As expected, Chambers County’s distinguished longtime District Judge Carroll Wilborn has announced he will not seek another term as Judge of the 344th District Court when his term ends December 31st, 2012. When the 344th District Court was created totally for Chambers County, Carroll Wilborn was appointed by Democratic Governor Mark White to head that new court.
After running as a Democrat since 1983, Judge Wilborn was re-elected in 2008 as a Republican. Like the District Judge Cain who also holds court in Chambers County, Judge Wilborn took his first opportunity to separate himself from Barack Obama.
The good news is the stories we hear about conservative Attorney Randy McDonald’s intentions of running for the 344th District Court. McDonald knows the law well and has many years of legal work that is honorable and that adds up to valuable experience that would make him a good judge.
The bad news is that in a rural county that doesn’t necessarily have a good centralized method of educating its citizens, longtime liberal Democrat Richard Baker is also rumored to be considering running – as a Republican! It is outrageous, but Baker is said to be expressing the idea that he will run as whatever he has to run as in order to win.
Baker ties to the most liberal and proud and entrenched Democrats is obvious to those who know his relationship to the Zbranek family. Baker practices law with the most infamous and heralded Democratic family in Liberty County – the Zbraneks. Baker’s other connection to the Democratic party was his failed effort a few years ago to beat the Republican Chief Justice of the Texas State Supreme Court.
Baker is what is known in Republican circles as a RINO, or a Republican In Name Only. Because of his close ties to former District Judge Zeke Zbranek and recently defeated District Judge Rusty Hight in Liberty County, some voters may be concerned with someone so liberal disguising themselves as a conservative. And they may again be concerned with a court that allows the Zbranek’s gaggle of attorneys to come in and practice before a judge with a possible predisposition to rule in their favor.
Liberty Dispatch is tired of hearing about Democrat lawyers and officeholders who have not made one public statement about the wrong direction Barack Obama, considering switching to the Republican Party. We consider Baker and anyone else who tries this at this late date, a deceiver and a political opportunist. We wish Mr. McDonald the best and know he will win if Chambers County gets the word out.