Yesterday, Governor Justice made it official by appointing former House of Delegates Speaker Tim Armstead and U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins to temporarily fill the vacancies on the West Virginia Supreme Court.
Two Republican politicians?
Here are my two favorite sentences from the Charleston Gazette-Mail’s coverage of the appointments:
Jenkins, like Armstead, said he didn’t believe the appointment process to the court had become partisan.
(However, the G-M did not mention whether either said it with a straight face.)
On Aug. 1, Justice tweeted a photo of himself and Jenkins, saying Jenkins intended to seek election to the Supreme Court and “We need people with honesty and integrity to restore trust to the Court!”
(Honesty? Integrity? Are you talking about Evan “photoshop my opponent with Hillary” Jenkins, Governor?)
Don’t we also need court experience? I just did another google search for their qualifications to serve and could only find that they both have law degrees. Have they even practiced law? They are important Republican politicians, however, and that is all that counts.
I think our local House of Delegates representative, Shawn Fluharty, summed it up best earlier this month when he tweeted: “The fix is in.”