In case anyone remained under the illusion that judicial elections in NC were actually non-partisan, like they are officially billed to be, former NC Chief Justice I. Beverly Lake shatters that illusion.
In a firey [sic] plea for money, I. Beverly Lake, a former chief justice of the state Supreme Court, is rallying support for Bob Hunter in his campaign for a seat on the high court.
Lake, who reached mandatory retirement age in 2006, sent out a letter to Republican donors stating his case clearly:
“One justice can mean the difference between liberty and tyranny. … Since leaving the bench, I’ve watched liberal ‘activist judges’ rewrite the Constitution – and waited for one justice to stand up and say ‘No’ to the craziness going on in our courts.”
Notice that former Justice Lake doesn't say how we need judges who will be fair and interpret the NC laws and Constitution in an unbiased way. No, Justice Lake says we need a Republican judge.
Lake’s letter, written on state Supreme Court letterhead, reports that Hunter’s first campaign poll shows him trailing [Judge Sam] Ervin [IV], and that half of the people who say they will vote for Ervin think he’s a Republican.
To come from behind, Lake writes, Hunter needs to raise $750,000 to fund a TV, radio and social media campaign.
You'll remember Judge Ervin as the one who got slimed by the "banjo" ads funded by dark money groups on behalf of Justice Newby in the previous election. Looks like more slime is headed Sam's way. All because he has the nerve to not be a Republican.