The question really is, other than being appointed by a 100% partisan Governor, what qualification does Sarbanes have to be a Circuit Court Judge?
Remember, a Circuit Court Judge has in his or her hands the fate of a person's liberty (they can cause a person to be sent to prison for life), a person's family (they an cause a person to lose their kids in a custody or divorce case), or order a person to pay a boat load of money (in a civil case).
One can only imagine (hypothetical) the scene going like this:
Question: Judge Sarbanes, I see you have no criminal trial experience, no custody case experience, no lead counsel in a major civil case experience..... In deed, no serious jury trial experience...... What qualifies you to hold this incredibly important, life changing, position,
Judge Sarbanes: Well.... the Governor appointed me...... and I wasn't really doing anything else..... so what the heck, why not?