Wednesday, October 29, 2008

FW: Perry McGuire for Court Of Appeals



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Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 11:01 AM
Subject: Perry McGuire for Court Of Appeals


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Dear Fellow Georgians –

This week, we've been honored with several important new endorsements, including U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal, several state lawmakers, and sheriffs, as well as a number of prominent community leaders. We're demonstrating a strong momentum going into the final days of this campaign, and I am counting on your help to put us over the top and into victory!

I want to share a special news story that ran this week in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. One of Georgia's most prominent columnists and conservatives, Jim Wooten, endorsed me and gave voice to a number of important issues raised in this campaign. Most importantly, he and I share the view that Georgia voters have a right to know about the judicial candidates for whom they vote!

Here is The Atlanta Journal-Constitution column, as it appeared on Wednesday, Oct. 28:

McGuire Best Pick for Court of Appeals
October 28, 2008
By: Jim Wooten Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Two suspected conservatives are among the seven running for the Georgia Court of Appeals.

It is possible that there are others. But with the interpretation many judicial candidates have chosen to apply a U.S. Supreme Court opinion that gives them more freedom in campaign speech than the old school wants, voters will not know before casting ballots on Nov. 4.

One can say with some certainty that Perry McGuire "holds rule-of-law, strict constructionist judicial views" and, furthermore, "believes that judges should interpret the law, not create them from the bench." One can say that with some certainty because he says it of himself.

While the Georgia Court of Appeals does not address constitutional disputes — that's the purview of the state Supreme Court — it is important to salt the judicial mines with those who express McGuire's view.

The other suspected conservative in the race is Mike Sheffield, a Gwinnett County lawyer who had a heartbreak loss for the Court of Appeals in 2004 when he first made the runoff by 382 votes before a challenge to the results forced a rerun. He lost.

Whether he is or not, Sheffield is amply experienced with about 300 jury trials and 65 appeals as a prosecutor, public defender and private-practice lawyer.

If you're just looking for somebody who can do the job, throw a dart. They're all capable. Vote for long names, vote for short names. Vote the alphabet. Each of them has something to offer.

McGuire, a former Republican state senator from Carrollton, also served as a corporate counsel for Chick-fil-A before becoming a partner in a business and corporate law firm in Cobb County. While trial lawyers tend to support Democrats and therefore find reason to oppose McGuire, for other Georgians having a strict constructionist with expertise in business law on the Court of Appeals would be useful. Most incumbents have trial-related backgrounds, either as judges or as prosecutors.

McGuire, it's worth noting, has been endorsed by an assortment of legislative leaders who are themselves conservative, including Congressman Lynn Westmoreland of Grantville, Georgia Senate President Pro Tem Eric Johnson of Savannah, and a number of others.

Candidates clearly are allowed to state their personal views on disputed public policy issues, obviously without making promises or implying commitment to rule one way or another on issues to come before the court. Most judicial candidates either declare or imply that they are ethically bound to silence on such issues, an interpretation of the 2002 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Republican Party of Minnesota v. White that is at odds with the majority opinion. Elections are required under the state constitution and, as such, voters should be given responses beyond those lawyers and judges think proper. In Minnesota before the Supreme Court decision, voters were only allowed to ask approved questions. Candidates could offer opinions on cameras in the courtroom, how to reduce caseloads, what they thought about administrative costs, and how women and minorities could be treated more fairly.

The Minnesota decision caused many lawyers and judges great angst. In Georgia, a self-selected group composed mostly of lawyers formed a group calling itself the Georgia Committee for Ethical Judicial Campaign and invited candidates to take a pledge that they would not make misleading statements in judicial campaigns. It's a pledge I wouldn't sign on a dare, not because I'd be inclined to misleading utterances but because liberals and conservatives tend to see the world differently. Self-styled groups have biases that aren't evident. What a group of conservatives and what a group of liberals think is misleading are often entirely different.

No candidate for judicial office should ever surrender to an unelected and non-official group the right to declare which speech is acceptable and which is not in an election. Most of the seven candidates in this race have unwisely signed the pledge giving outsiders authority over their campaigns. The two suspected conservatives haven't.

McGuire has said, as have others, that he'll rule strictly on the law as written and not on the basis of personal beliefs or on the outcome he might have advocated as a legislator. A judge on the Court of Appeals "must be impartial and fair, but most importantly must honor the law as written," he said. "We play the role of an umpire, applying the rules, not making them."

The seven running for the open seat on the Court of Appeals are all qualified. It's hard for voters to distinguish one from another. A runoff is certain. Perry McGuire should be one of those left standing.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

lunsford reception

You are cordially invited to a Fundraising reception Honoring:


State Representative John Lunsford

With Special Guest Speaker

Governor Sonny Perdue

The Governor of Georgia

With other special Guests and Hosts




October 28th

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Eagles Landing Country Club

100 Eagle's Landing Way,

Stockbridge, GA 30281   770.389.2000



Donations Accepted and Appreciated but not required:

Light Refreshments and hors d`oeuvres to be served.

Directions: I75 south from Atlanta to Eagles landing parkway turn left (east) go to second light turn right on country club drive Eagles landing country club is on right  reception is in the clubhouse