A successful candidate in Florida for a county judgeship has been fined $25,000 by the state Judicial Qualifications Commission. Her offense? Apparently trying to insinuate that her opponent’s campaign contributors expected to get something in return for their support.
The Orlando Sentinel reports:
Brevard County judge has agreed to a public reprimand and a $25,000 fine for “improper conduct” during her successful campaign last year to the bench, officials announced today.
A panel that investigates judges said Michelle Baker’s campaign mailer violated judicial cannons of conduct that require “dignity appropriate to judicial office.”
…At issue is a campaign mailer that said Hotusing’s campaign donors largely consisted of criminal defense attorneys and it asked voters: “What are they trying to buy?”