All three sitting justices on the Supreme Court being challenged have demonstrated the kind of judicial restraint conservatives expect from the Supreme Court. They have been widely praised by conservative lawmakers, attorneys and fellow judges.
Mr. Hecht was recently appointed as the chief justice
on the court. He is being challenged by former GOP State Rep. Robert Talton of Houston. In his last year in the House, Mr. Talton scored a 79 on the Fiscal Responsibility Index
. Talton has never held a judicial post.
Mr. Johnson, a decorated Air Force veteran of the war in Vietnam, is being challenged by Sharon McCally who sits on the state’s 14th Court of Appeals. McCally is, like Pool, being strongly supported by the plaintiff-bar trial lawyers eager to overturn the state’s successful tort reform measures.
Mr. Brown is being challenged by attorney Joe Pool, Jr., who was briefly a candidate for Railroad Commission trumpeting as experience the fact his father was an “at-large” congressmen from Texas. Pool has employed a Democrat hack-lawyer
in trying (unsuccessfully) to kick Brown off the ballot. Pool’s contribution have come largely from trial lawyers.