The Democratic wing of Florida GOP — Sens. Dockery, Garcia, Jones — defend Supreme Court justices


Three Republican senators called Friday for their party to step back from its stance against three Supreme Court justices facing voters in November.

Sens. Paula Dockery, Rene Garcia, and Dennis Jones,  issued a joint statement asking the Republican Party of Florida to reconsider its position on Justices R. Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince. “Each of us has been disappointed in one ruling or another from this and other courts,” the senators wrote. “But the need for a fair and impartial judiciary far outweighs our individual disagreements with any specific opinion.” The justices face no opposition in the merit retention elections, but must get the support of a majority of voters to remain on the court.

Conservative activists have launched a campaign to oust the trio, which forms the backbone of the court’s left-of-center majority. The RPOF announced in late September that its executive board had voted to oppose the justices. No sitting Supreme Court justice has ever lost a merit retention race.

Material from the News Service of Florida was used in this post.