If you enter politics in NYC for the sole purpose of becoming a judge, stay away from the Republican party.
People go into politics for different reasons. Some want a job, some want the rush, while others want the justly nobler endeavor to serve the community. Some are a combination.
The way to become a Supreme Court Justice in Queens is to kiss up the party, help other candidates, become district leader, or threaten to run for office. There’s multiple ways to do it. Different people wait for years, but it’s the Democratic clubs that choose Supreme Court judges. Whoever gets the nod for the coveted slot by the County organization is the candidate that becomes the Justice, in a way they are anointed.
There’s a two party system, but we really have a one party system. Not enough people ever vote, and when they do its usually Democrat across the board especially during a primary or a judicial race.
Like the Soviet Union, party bosses hen peck judges for the Supreme Court of NY.
In the 11th judicial district in Queens, a total of 12 candidates, six Republicans and six Democrats, competed for six slots on the Supreme Court. The winners, according to a source, were Allan Weiss, Pam Jackman-Brown, Rudolph Greco, Janice Taylor, Timothy Dufficy, and Ira Margulis – all Democrats.
Would it be so terrible to have one Republican Justice?
It’s an uphill battle for Republicans. When you’re the county candidate for Supreme Court Justice, a few things happen that make your run a lot easier.
You get a small army of free petition carriers otherwise they wont come out unless you pay them. Some lackey will iron your robe and provide you with unlimited boilerplate expressions to throw around town while you’re introduced to the who’s who of party politics. Grassroots candidates, and GOP candidates are ill-matched against the establishment. They have to hire their own people at cost.
If you want to become a judge, you will need to become comfortable kissing ass.
It’s like getting a job, in a sense you too are hired by the county organization rather than elected. It happens in legislative elections but the ‘race’ for Supreme Court Justice is the most egregious example. The leadership has to like you. There is a vetting system judge candidates must pass, like being an attorney in good standing for 10 years, but you may never get to that point.
It’s not who has the best legal mind, it’s who handed out the most flyers.
You want to believe the system is good, but for the election of Supreme Court Justices that’s just the way it is.