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The political action committee of an auto insurer spent more than $300,000 in support of the re-election of two local judges in the Miami area, and one of the judges was re-elected while the second was defeated, the Miami Herald reported.
Circuit Judge Rod Smith defeated challenger Christian Carrazana, a personal injury attorney. Judge Nuria Saenz was defeated by personal injury lawyer Victoria Ferrer. A rival, less-funded political action committee also was set up by personal injury lawyers to support the challengers.No comments
In Florida, it appears that a practice of big-money spending on judicial races has spilled over from the 2012 state Supreme Court election to two local Miami-Dade races this summer.
There is a “bitter election battle” in the two races between the political action committees established by an auto insurance company and by private injury attorneys, with the former supporting two incumbent judges by spending almost $227,000 so far, the Miami Herald reported.
The former PAC is named Citizens for Judicial Fairness and the latter, Citizens for Judicial Excellence; it has raised $47,000. The newspaper said the former group’s spending “appears to be a first” for a local judicial election, and that the treasurer for one of the incumbent judges’ campaigns resigned in protest “over the perception that a special-interest group is spending exorbitantly before the Aug. 26 election.”No comments