Jim Johnson’s re-election campaign sent out this release from Justice Gerry Alexander which takes on those who are attacking Johnson.
Alexander has endorsed Johnson but the release raises the broader issue of turning Supreme Court campaigns into the same gutter fight that has made elections for legislative and executive offices such a delight.
“You don’t need to be a judge to see danger in an attack ad funded by powerful interests that have business before the court,” Alexander said. “These ads are unfair and an attack against judicial independence. Hands off our state Supreme Court.”
The ads are paid for by the Washington Education Association, the Service Employees International Union and the Washington State Labor Council. Ironically, they condemn Johnson for taking donations from special interests and say his court rulings respond to those donations.
All three have endorsed Johnson’s opponent, Tacoma attorney Stan Rumbaugh. His own ads touch on similar themes.
Here is Alexander‘s statement.
Alexander, a former chief justice, is in his final term on the court.