The Chesapeake Clipper has a fascinating story about Juvenile & Domestic Court Judge Eileen Olds. (View in IE – it doesn’t display properly in Firefox.) With openings on the Circuit Court, it would seem that this woman would be a lock: UVA & W&M grad, 13 years on the bench, president of the American Judges Association (and the first Virginian to hold that title). Yet her nomination appears to have been derailed by – surprise – politics.
The article points out that two of the roadblocks that she is encountering are coming from black Democratic senators Louise Lucas and Yvonne Miller. My understanding is that there is more to this story – a lot more, some of which I can share and some I can’t. This was the under-the-radar process I alluded to earlier.
First, I’m hearing that the Chesapeake Republican delegation wants a Republican to be elevated instead. That person happens to be a black male. Seems that his name was sent up instead of Olds’.
Second, I’m hearing that none of the open judgeships are going to be filled. Seems the newly reconstituted Joint Republican Caucus has decided to put them in the lap of the Governor, who can appoint the judges, but only for a term of one year. Not sure that anyone would be willing to take him up on that offer.
I guess losing four seats in the House and control of the Senate hasn’t taught them anything about bipartisanship and doing the people’s business. Everyone I talk to says the same thing: the partisanship of this session of the General Assembly is unlike any previously noted. And it’s a shame. Because at the end of the day, the people lose.
(Photo credit: The Virginian Pilot)