A number of Republican candidates are vying for the seat of the Pennsylvania Supreme Courtroom – CBS Pittsburgh
HARRISBURG (KDKA) – A seat in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is up for election this year.
This is the successor to former Chief Justice Tom Saylor, a Republican who will retire later this year.
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There is a heated battle over the Republican nomination for this seat.
With only two Republicans on the Supreme Court of the seven member states, Republicans are determined to keep this seat.
But first they have to choose their candidate from among three judges, each claiming to be more qualified than the others.
“I have the calling experience of all appointment leaders,” Judge Kevin Brobson told KDKA political editor Jon Delano.
Brobson, of Dauphin County, is the President of the Commonwealth Court and is endorsed by the state’s Republican Party.
“Judges must be judges and shouldn’t cross the line with other branches of government,” says Brobson.
“Our job as judges is not to save you from stupid laws passed by lawmakers. The judges are to apply the law as it is written. “
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Republicans are accusing the current Supreme Court of being too active in rewriting state election laws and drawing up congressional districts.
“You have become strongly left, liberal. I can see that there is a little more activism on the bench than before, ”says judge Paula Patrick.
Patrick serves on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and calls herself a Conservative Republican, but she says she brings something else that the current court lacks.
“There is absolutely no difference in racial or ethnic diversity about this dish, and I think the time has come,” says Patrick.
“I’m the only candidate I know who has received a tweet from President Donald Trump, and Donald Trump actually tweeted that I was a brilliant woman of courage,” says Judge Patricia McCullough.
McCullough, of Allegheny County, is a member of the Commonwealth Court, and she says no one beats her job at the bank to uphold conservative principles.
“I was the only judge in the country who ordered the certification of the 2020 presidential election results to be stopped,” says McCullough.
While McCullough, Patrick and Brobson battle for the GOP nomination, Commonwealth Court Judge Maria McLaughlin, an uninhibited Democrat, calls the attacks on the state’s Supreme Court “a language that inspires people.”
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