Do Candidates Even Matter Anymore?

In this update: 1. Interest groups do almost all the talking in Supreme Court race 2. High court race squarely in the gutter Do Candidates Even Matter Anymore?

Email date: 3/21/08

In this update:
1. Interest groups do almost all the talking in Supreme Court race
2. High court race squarely in the gutter

One lobbying group and three shadowy front groups are doing 95% of the campaign advertising in the state Supreme Court race, according to an analysis of television ads aired through March 16.

The two candidates vying for a seat on the high court have largely become bystanders in their own race. Welcome to the new politics of judicial elections.

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The Supreme Court race started on the low road and has been going lower ever since. There are new allegations of wrongdoing by someone in the race almost daily now, followed by editorial tongue lashings. One complaint has been filed with the state Judicial Commission and another has been filed with a county district attorney’s office.

For more on this race that has become both tragedy and farce, check out a Big Money Blog we posted Monday and another posted last Friday.