Michigan Supreme Court justice Robert P. Young Jr. officially endorsed Wayne County Circuit Judge Mary Beth Kelly to be the GOP nominee to run against newly appointed justice Alton T. Davis.
On Facebook, Young posted:
After careful consideration, I have decided to formally endorse JUDGE MARY BETH KELLY for the Republican nomination for Michigan Supreme Court.
With the resignation of Justice Weaver yesterday, the people of Michigan have an even starker choice in November: continue with a solid liberal majority of judges or restore the Court by elec…ting two conservative Rule of Law judges. I believe that it is imperative to change the Court’s liberal majority and I believe that Judge Mary Beth Kelly is the perfect choice to run with me to take back the Court.
Prior to Davis’ appointment, Young had urged his Facebook followers to support Court of Appeals Judge Jane Markey.
Correction: Novi Lawyer pointed out in the comments that Young had mentioned both Markey and Mary Beth Kelly in prior Facebook posts. I had only seen Markey mentioned.
Update: Young also appeared on Frank Beckman’s radio show on WJR-AM in Detroit. You can listen to the interview here.
CORRECTION: Young never endorsed Markey or urged his supporters to vote for her.
He had maintained strict neutrality in the race up until today; indeed, this had been his position on facebook and elsewhere all along: “Two candidates are seeking the “other” Republican nomination in August: Judges Mary Beth Kelly and Jane Markey. Both are head and shoulders better than Betty Weaver who is an “empathy” judge and an incumbent seeking re-election. I’d love to sit on the Court with either Mary Beth or Jane but I am not formally “endorsing” either.”
Obviously given recent events he now believes that Kelly is the better choice.
I hadn’t seen a post mentioning Kelly by name before, just Markey. I stand corrected. Thank you.
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