Cipollini is not alone in his determination to make foolish comments about Lenk’s nomination.
Councilor Jennie Caissie of Oxford called Patrick’s comments odd.
“I don’t think he said when he found out that Fernande Duffly was a heterosexual that that was happy coincidence, so why even bring it up?” Caissie said, referring to Patrick’s previous nominee to the state’s high court. “If she’s a good judge, she’s a good judge, period. Take the sex out of it.”
Well, Jennie, maybe you should direct your question to the reporter rather than the Governor, since it’s actually the reporter who decided to “bring it up.” And I love your “take the sex out of it” comment, as though the confirmation hearings are going to focus on what lesbians do in the bedroom. Grow up, for God’s sake.
And as for this:
Caissie also took issue with Lenk’s comments about the court’s landmark 2003 decision, known as the Goodridge case, which legalized gay marriage in Massachusetts. Lenk was able to get married as a result of that decision.
“It was almost too jovial, the celebration of a case that was very controversial,” Caissie said of Lenk’s comments. “I think it may provide some insight into her judicial philosophy and whether she believes judges should be more active on the bench than simply apply the law.”
Um, Jennie? Goodridge actually is the law. Let’s just leave it at that.
Fortunately for my position that the Governor’s Council should be abolished completely, nitwittery on the Council is not limited to Republicans.
Councilor Mary-Ellen Manning of Salem faulted Patrick for focusing too much on Lenk’s sexual orientation instead of her judicial record…. Manning said the public will see Lenk as filling a niche for Patrick, rather than winning the post on her talents.
“It’s very sad that someone with her education and experience and legal acumen is being reduced down to a tagline about her sexual orientation,” Manning said.
“His checklist of firsts is undermining the obvious qualifications of Barbara Lenk, and her reputation as a legal scholar is damaged by that because people are going to assume she isn’t qualified.”
No, Mary-Ellen, what’s “very sad” is that people like you insist on ignoring Justice Lenk’s qualifications and just talking about the fact that she’s gay. Again, Patrick did not bring the subject up. He was asked about it, and he responded. Nobody is going to “assume she isn’t qualified” unless people like you keep suggesting that she was only nominated because she’s gay.
Memo to Brian Joyce: I hope you’re still pushing your proposal to eliminate this ghastly body.