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Gregoire endorses Sheryl Gordon McCloud for high court

Post by Brad Shannon / The Olympian on Oct. 12, 2012 at 8:05 am |
October 11, 2012 5:26 pm

Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire has weighed in on another race, throwing her support Thursday behind Supreme Court candidate Sheryl Gordon McCloud. The candidate is running against Richard Sanders, a former justice with a libertarian philosophy, for the position being vacated by Justice Tom Chambers’ retirement.

Sanders, who lost re-election in 2010, is touting his advocacy for liberty in fundraising appeals. In one letter that went out to contributors this week, Sanders depicts McCloud as “a ‘fiery liberal’ criminal defense lawyer with no prior judicial experience,” crediting a newspaper editorial for the description.

But McCloud’s campaign quotes Gregoire in a news release as saying:

“I am proud to support Sheryl Gordon McCloud for election to the Supreme Court,” Gregoire said. “Sheryl has had a stellar career arguing cases before the Supreme Court, and her expertise on Constitutional issues is known nationwide. She will make a superb addition to our state’s highest court.”
“I am impressed with Sheryl’s devotion to contributing hundreds of hours every year to provide free legal services to those who would otherwise have limited access to the judicial system without her help. We need a justice system that is a level playing field, and Sheryl McCloud helps us ensure that it is.”
“There will be significant issues of Constitutional magnitude headed to the Supreme Court in the next few years, and Sheryl will bring just the right combination of intellect, experience, and calm judicial demeanor to the court. She is also a consensus builder and holds the respect of both current and former Justices. Sheryl is committed to fairness and has a clear understanding of the impact of Supreme Court decisions on the lives of ordinary people. I don’t take endorsements lightly, but I am proud to endorse Sheryl Gordon McCloud.”
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