Last month we did some caffiene-fueled theorizing about Gov. Charlie Crist's third Supreme Court appointment and wondered "Will Crist be able to satisfy both his seeming need for diversity and his record for pleasing the right wing in one candidate? ... Or will Charlie have to settle for a minority pick who is more moderate, leaving the court with a balanced ideological view?" We predicted the latter.
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The Judicial Nominating Committee, which puts a check on the Gov's ability to appoint whomever he pleases, actually gave Crist the chance for a right-minded ideological Cuban American justice by controversially appointing former Jeb Bush and Mel Martinez-aid Frank Jimenez, but the pick was widely panned. Instead Crist was forced to go for another Cuban, Labarga.
Labarga used to be a Republican, but when he was appointed to the circuit court by Democratic Governor Lawton Chiles he re-registered as an independent; he felt politics should have nothing to do with justice. Of course, let's npot forget he played a part in the 2000 recount drama, and handed down a ruling that was beneficial to George W. Bush.