If you like your judge, you can keep him your judge . . .

The SE Texas Record Nov. 29, 2014, 6:00pm

“If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.”

You had to be pretty gullible to believe promises like that, coming from a person with limited understanding of how things work, limited accomplishments, and few qualms about misrepresenting things. 

Still, if you did believe those empty promises, you now know better – and you may be a little wiser the next time a politician tries to bamboozle you.

In the meantime, here’s a promise you can believe: If you like your 172nd District Court judge, you can keep your 172nd District Court judge.

We feel confident making that promise because 172nd District Court Judge Donald Floyd is running unopposed for reelection.

He’s the only candidate in the race. There’s no one running against him. He has no opposition. He can’t lose.

Which means, if you don’t like your 172nd District Court judge, too bad. You’re stuck.

You must keep your 172nd District Court judge, whether you like him or not.

As it happens, some Beaumont residents do like their 172nd District Court judge and want to keep him. They’re asbestos attorneys and their 172nd District Court judge consistently rules in their favor – even when it means overturning the decision of a jury.

Attorney Glen Morgan’s lawsuit against DuPont De Nemours ended – or should have ended – in 2008, when jurors concluded that DuPont was not responsible for the death of a former employee from mesothelioma.

Morgan moved for a new trial, however, and Judge Floyd obliged, offering no justification. A year later, the Texas State Supreme Court ordered Floyd to explain himself. Five years on, he’s yet to do so.

Last November, Morgan’s firm (Reaud, Morgan & Quinn) made a sizable donation to Judge Floyd’s reelection campaign. Floyd may not have any opposition, but Morgan still wants to keep him.

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