Minnesota Republicans have begun the process of endorsing judicial candidates.
We can understand why Minnesota political parties endorse gubernatorial and U.S. Senate candidates, although the voters should have the final say on paring down those fields in primaries.
But endorsements in nonpartisan judicial races?
It just smacks of party activists trying to spread their influence further than they should.
Judicial races in Minnesota are nonpartisan in nature.
By professional codes, judicial candidates cannot seek or use political endorsements. They are also prevented from appearing at political gatherings.
If endorsements are made by political parties -- by who knows what criteria -- how can candidates fairly and legally counter that?
Other states have partisan judicial races. And, in some cases, judicial candidates sling just as much mud as some legislative candidates do. Do we want that in Minnesota?
Let's keep our judicial elections clean and free from interference from partisan political parties.
-- Daily Globe of Worthington
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