It is interesting how many views I’ve had of the post I wrote on the Minnesota Supreme Court primary. I feel like most of the people reading it must be Dan Griffith supporters since his supporters keep commenting. Regardless of their comments, my view has not changed.
This is Dan Griffith’s third attempt at election for judge. This year he is challenging Justice Gildea for Supreme Court. In 2008 and in 2010 Griffith ran for the Minnesota Court of Appeals. He is becoming a perennial candidate, and a candidate common-sense voters need to avoid.
Despite what he claims, there are two important facts for indpendents and Democrats to consider. First, he was endorsed by the Republican Party and the Constitution Party, not the DFL Party. Second, according to an outspoken TEA Partier and a claimed “Patriot and true American” Dan Griffith has “affirmed his commitment to the positions, Values and Principles consistent with those of WE THE PEOPLE of the American TEA Party Movement!”
That should immediately scare away people who believe in Democratic Party principles or people who believe everybody should be treated equally and with respect – liberty and justice FOR ALL.
Dan is defending himself with empty explanations. He is trying to play both sides. He is far enough to the right that Republicans endorsed him, but he and his staff and volunteers are claiming the Democrats should support him. I disagree.
I know a good Democrat who won in a conservative district by using typical Republican buzz phrases. The buzz phrases were basically the same for both parties, but the definitions were different. When both talked of lower taxes, the candidate on the right talked in general terms of lower taxes without accounting for how to deal with the lost revenue. The candidate on the right talked about lower taxes with a plan to expand the tax base, spread the responsibility more fairly, and make more responsible decisions about spending. The candidate on the left won in the conservative district, and did exactly what he said he would do. Republicans called him a liar and claimed he pretended to believe in Republican values as a candidate, when in reality, they only listened to the superficial arguments, without going into detail of what he meant.
I believe Dan Griffith is stealthily courting the religious right, hardcore Republicans and TEA Partiers, while using arguments and buzz phrases that might appeal to independents and even Democrats. But I believe all indications are that he ultimate goal is got elected and be an activist judge for the far-right.
The only proof I need is his conversation with an extremist right-wing media host when he said regarding abortion or immigration that you can have the “right person” in the legislature, but a judge can overturn the laws the legislature makes.
Our Supreme Court Judges have the ultimate responsibility to uphold our constitution, not to rewrite it based on their religious or political beliefs. I will gladly vote for a Tim Pawlenty appointed judge over a candidate like Dan Griffith who seems to be running on some sort of mission to make Minnesota, and probably the United States a country where people with certain beliefs are not welcome.
(And before Dan Griffith or any Dan Griffith supporters comment on this post, Dan Griffith should answer why he received Republican endorsement, what his beliefs are on a woman’s freedom to make choices about her own body, whether he thinks everybody deserves the same rights regardless of their gender or sexual orientation, and if Dan thinks my grandmother needs an ID to vote.)