It seems that my detractors have been hard at work. Several weeks ago,
those in the judicial establishment who are vehemently opposed to me
the opportunity to file a bar complaint against me. Did it relate to
money or having sex with clients? No. Did it allege some other
in the practice of law? No. What grievous act do I stand accused of
committing then? My use of my nickname, "Madame Justice" on my website
which I render opinions on the law or give free legal advice to those
And for this, I am to either withdraw from the race or face censure or
disbarment? This country is facing enormous problems. This state also
its share. There are others accused of committing crimes and those who
committed them but who have not even been charged. And they are
about what a woman with a brain tumor and a paralyzed face says on a
political website? It sounds ludicrous.
It is ostensibly to protect the poor unsuspecting public, who as we all
is too stupid to think. There is no "Madame Justice" office in our
there are only justices and a chief justice. This complaint has
do with protecting the public, which is NOT too stupid to think, as I
know. Nor is this about prospective clients thinking that I have some
special connections with the justices that will help their case. I
and never indicated that I had and anyone who thought otherwise has
disabused of that idea.
The argument does not hold water, in any case. We could save all lives
driving at 5 mph. Do we do that? No. Nor should we prohibit
speech because there might be one misguided soul who might somehow
that I am a real justice or that I might have special connections that
help their case.
This complaint is politically motivated and is a sign that my enemies
desperate that they will do anything to stop me. I will not withdraw
the race. Nor will I accede to their attempts to censure or disbar me.
such sanctions are imposed, I will seek redress in the federal courts.
someone somewhere will reveal to me who it was that filed the bar
They too will be part of any lawsuit.
That is why I need your help more than ever to donate to the PAC!
Aside from responding to frivolous bar complaints, I was in
few weeks ago and briefly spoke to the Progressives down there. I will
returning there to speak in more detail about the death penalty. While
there, I had the opportunity to meet Luis Olivera who is running for
district court there. He has been a prosecutor. He has been in the
military. He has been involved in the community. And he is very
hard-working. I think he will make a fine addition to the bench and I
the voters in his district will give him consideration and hopefully
Tim Dunn was also there, but he has since withdrawn from the race. His
withdrawal was a real class act and he has thrown his support behind
Kissell. As I said, I have met Larry on several occasions and I think
will be the best choice to represent the eighth district. And for
Republicans at the John Locke Foundation/Carolina Journal who believe
the race will not be very competitive if Larry wins the primary, you
wrong. I think the race will be more competitive than you realize and
Larry will give Flip-floppin Robin a run for his money.
I also attended the Wake County Young Democrats on St. Patrick's day.
Perry was there, as well as Ed Ridpath and Ty Harrell. Mark is running
the Clerk of Court. I know that there is another Democrat in the race.
wish them both well, but as we know, only one person can be the winner
the primary. I know that Mark may not be the first choice of some in
Democratic party, but I genuinely like Mark. He knows how the office
be run, being a practicing attorney. I think he has the experience and
knowledge to turn the office around and rectify the problems that are
and to which I can attest from firsthand experience. I hope that he
your consideration and vote as well.
I also attended the Young Democrats' state convention in Charlotte. It
well attended. Hats off to Tony McEwen and his subordinates for
together! I was born at the tail end of the baby boomers. I am sorry
say that my generation has really made a mess of things. If possible,
would like to do my part to make it right. However, the brunt of the
problems will fall on people like the Young Democrats. It was
see so many enthusiastic young people involved and grappling with
to our problems.
One such person was Congressmen Tim Ryan of Ohio. I agree with Mr.
that we don't need bigger government, we need smarter government. And
hope that we as North Carolinians send more thirty-somethings to
and to Raleigh to solve the pressing needs that are facing our country
our state. We can turn this around but we require people in government
truly represent us, not special interests or big corporations or
Rachel and Tim Ryan
Mel Watt of the 12th district, was also one of the keynote speakers.
the leader of the Black Caucus. He is facing his own election and I'm
that his district will return him to Washington.
Rachel and Mel Watt
Heath Schuler was also there and I had the opportunity to meet him.
Numerous articles have been written about his opponent and his
in various scandals and CAFTA. I will leave the reader to do his or
research. Suffice it to say that it is high time for someone like him
and elect new blood to office.
Rachel and Heath Schuler
While at the Young Democrats' convention, I had the opportunity to meet
Judge William Gore, who is running for the open seat on the Supreme
And what I heard from him was not flattering of the judiciary. Nothing
quite as bad as my own race, but aspersions have raised their ugly
It is despicable that judges would act that way towards fellow judges
should not be tolerated. Judicial candidates should talk about their
or qualifications for office. If an opponent has engaged in
should be noted, but one should not stoop to personal attacks of the
that I have faced. Nor should gossip or rumor be spread.
There are several candidates in that race, three of them are Democrats.
would encourage the voters to look at the candidates and make their
However, I think that Judge Gore is worth a second look.
It will be a busy next few months. There is the county and state
conventions, the Jefferson-Jackson dinner, a fundraiser for Mark Perry
fundraiser for Ed Ridpath. I hope to see you at one or more of these
Rachel Lea Hunter