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NBC’s The West Wing Campaigns for a Judicial Candidate

Posted by judicialethicsforum on Wednesday, September, 26, 2012

In one of the most noteworthy and actually entertaining judicial campaign ads, the cast of The West Wing reunited to support Bridget Mary McCormack for the Michigan Supreme Court.  The ad also offers an important announcement that transcends McCormack’s campaign: because voters frequently and reflexively vote straight “R” or “D” (which is one of the reasons why the concept of popular judicial election can be problematic), those voters are, perhaps inadvertently, not voting at all on the non-partisan portion of their ballots.   Many states, including Michigan, use non-partisan judicial elections.  Here is the ad:

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One Response to “NBC’s The West Wing Campaigns for a Judicial Candidate”

  1. Kevin said

    Very interesting ad, nice to see a political ad that highlights a candidates strength rather than the endless waves of attack ads we are accustomed to. Perhaps if more politicians would talk about what they would do to strengthen the country rather than just drone on about how the “other guy” messed up, people would get out and vote a bit more.

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