Floridians have overwhelmingly chosen to retain three state Supreme Court justices in Tuesday’s election. But a limited-government advocacy group is trying to block Sec. of State Ken Detzner from being allowed to certify the judges’ re-election.
The challenge, filed with the Florida Supreme Court late on Monday, comes from the Southeastern Legal Foundation. It’s the same group that tried to get Justices Pariente, Quince and Lewis thrown off the ballot in June.
Several Republican Senators in Florida say they’re disappointed in their own party for “politicizing the merit retention election” for three state Supreme Court Justices. But, the Republican Party of Florida is firing back, saying those Senators are just out of step with the rest of the party.
In late September, the Republican Party of Florida’s executive board voted to oppose the retention of three Supreme Court Justices: Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente, and Peggy Quince.