As Laura notes today, the battle for the State Supreme Court seat held by Jim Johnson is rallying LGBT interests. Johnson (seen at right) famously wrote an opinion upholding the state legislature's ban on gay marriage. But he's also gotten unions and consumer groups peeved with decisions they don't like. (The Stranger's cover today declares Johnson to be a conservative "tool.") Understandably, these groups are seeking an alternative.
Rumbaugh's allies, however, seem blind to the irony.
Johnson shows a clear "pattern of ruling in favor of the interests who have funded his campaigns," complains Lisa MacClean, spokesperson for union-funded PACs, in the Spokesman-Review today.
MacClean and her allies say it's time for a change. They instead want a man who will also show a clear pattern of ruling in favor of the interests who have funded his campaign--namely them.
It's Tool vs. Tool. May the best impartial upholder of the law win.