Instead of apologizing for disruptive post-midnight robocalls to Nevada voters, Sandra Day O’Connor should have apologized to Arizonans for her vote as a panelist on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this week in which she saw no merit in our state’s voter approved requirement of citizenship in order to register to vote.
The 80-year-old former Supreme Court Justice should take her retirement as seriously as she does her leftward bent and stay out of infringing on the vote of the people of Arizona who overwhelmingly passed Proposition 200 in 2004. She also should decide if she wants to engage in politics or keep wearing that black robe. She can’t have it both ways.
In a statement of denial — oddly issued through the Supreme Court — she says she did not authorize use of her recorded statement as she engages in Nevada’s politics. Her voice was heard in 50,000 late night recorded telephone calls made to that state’s voters in which she supports a ballot measure to change the way Nevada’s judges are selected. Yet she defends her involvement in the campaign to amend the state constitution to reduce the role of citizens in the choice of judges. O’Connor, who is listed as the honorary chair of the campaign, has appeared in a biased television commercial on behalf of the Question 1 measure on which Nevadans will vote this Tuesday.
O’Connor is clearly in violation of Canon 5 of the Conduct for United States Judges which clearly states that “A judge should refrain from political activity.”
Although O’Connor was elected to her position on the Arizona Superior Court before her appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, she has traveled the country to criticize election of judges.