Today's Daily Times has an article by Barry Tilghman urging voters to support Spyros Sarbanes over M. J. Caldwell. In several hundred words she argues without offering any specific details that Sarbanes is qualified and “has the unique judgment and temperament to navigate the fine points of the law.” This by someone who says (in the last paragraph) that it was not until she was Salisbury's (worst ever) Mayor that she learned that judges "rule" in both civil and criminal cases, in which "their decisions make a difference in our quality of life."
Stripped of its empty rhetoric, Tilghman's letter argues that Sarbanes should be the judge because he was appointed by O'Malley. No mention of Caldwell's much greater experience as a lawyer or the County bar vote in favor of him. And, of course, no mention of the criminal and civil cases against Sarbanes.
The height of absurdity is her claim that "governors ultimately choose the best-qualified candidate for appointment." Why, then, do we have judicial elections for circuit court judges? This one certainly presents the answer that question: to protect the public.
Does anyone really think that without his family’s political connections he would have been appointed by O’Malley?