If you’re going to appoint someone to fill a vacancy on the Missouri Supreme Court, why ask that question?
It appears that Missouri Governor Matt “baby” Blunt probably hasn’t read the U.S. Constitution, or the Missouri Constitution, for that matter. When it comes to the Missouri Supreme Court his “activist” agenda trumps everything else.
The United States Constitution states in Article VI:
The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the members of the several state legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several states, shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.
Missouri Constitution, Bill of Rights, Article I:
Section 5. That all men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences; that no human authority can control or interfere with the rights of conscience; that no person shall, on account of his religious persuasion or belief, be rendered ineligible to any public office or trust or profit in this state, be disqualified from testifying or serving as a juror, or be molested in his person or estate; but this section shall not be construed to excuse acts of licentiousness, nor to justify practices inconsistent with the good order, peace or safety of the state, or with the rights of others.
The Appellate Judicial Commission got it right. From the Appellate Judicial Commission questionnaire:
14. Affiliations and activities outside of legal profession:
“baby” Blunt got it wrong. From Blunt’s questionnaire:
26. What groups or non work-related organizations have you joined, including non-profits, community groups, religious, secular or other organizations? Please list dates of service and offices held and describe each organization’s mission and purpose.
So, if you’re not supposed to use the information, why ask the question? Just curious.
Further, is there any question that the republicans’ 2008 campaign wedge issue is immigration?
You’ve got to love the answers to these questions asked by Blunt:
37. Have you or your family ever employed an illegal immigrant or a company that employed illegal immigrants?
38. Have you or your family ever worked for companies or been affiliated with
organizations (non-profit or other) that employ or provide services to illegal
Judge Nannnette Baker responded:
37. My immediate family includes me and my husband. I am without sufficient information to answer this question regarding extended family members. Based on the information family members have supplied me, they indicate they have not employed illegal immigrants.
38. To the best of my knowledge, no organization has provided information to me that indicates that they employed or provided services to illegal immigrants. However, I believe that my employer, the State of Missouri may provide services to illegal immigrants.
Judge Patricia Breckenridge responded:
38. I understand that my employer, the State of Missouri, has employed a company or companies that employed illegal immigrants. I am told that Mattie Rhodes may provide services to illegal immigrants.”
Judge Ronald Holliger responded:
37. Not to my knowledge.
38. I work for the State of Missouri which I believe may have employed and provided services to illegal immigrants. In addition the Jackson County Juvenile Court may have provided services although I am not aware of any specific instance. You have not defined the term “family”. My brother has been president of a company of thousands of employees. He advises me that his company has never knowingly employed illegal immigrants. My sister is a Registered Nurse in a pediatric office and advises me that she feels certain that some patients and families may not have had legal status. My other sister is a retired U.S. Marshall. What she provided illegal immigrants I do not believe you mean by the word “service”. Otherwise the answer is no to my best knowledge and belief.
Can “baby” Blunt and his administration have a more transparent agenda? Go. Read the entire questionnaire and responses.