Peter Vickery for Governor's Council
is one of a half dozen Democrats vying for the open Governor's Council seat in the eighth district in Massachusetts. For those who don't know, the council has an important role to play in the MA Judiciary, especially now. From Vickery's site:
The Governor's Council is the last firewall in the judicial nomination process. In spite of its low profile, the Governor's Council, also known as the Executive Council, has several important constitutional powers. The eight-member group has the power to approve judicial appointments and gubernatorial pardons and to authorize expenditures from the treasury. And it can ask the Supreme Judicial Court for advisory opinions about controversial legislation.
Why is Vickery running?
Judicial independence is under threat in Massachusetts. Conservatives in both major parties want to politicize the judiciary by making judges run for re-election every six years. And they want to amend the Constitution to undo the Supreme Judicial Court's equal-rights decision in the Goodridge case. At the federal level we continue to see more and more ideological conservatives appointed to the bench, and I am concerned that the same thing could happen at the state level. After all, John Ashcroft has already tried to bring the death penalty back to Massachusetts by the back door, and we have a Republican governor who seems to be already running for the 2008 presidential nomination.
I saw him speak last month, and I have to say that he was unbelievable -- a real star in our party. Like all candidates, he needs money
, and votes. This one is worth working for.