Martin said the governors will vigorously fight the judicial vacancies amendment because it limits the governor to choosing from two nominees named by a partisan legislature, and gives the governor only 10 days to vet them before legislators would name the judge themselves. “I guarantee you they won’t have done any vetting other than they know good ol’ Charlie,” Martin said.
The governors will also oppose the Board of Elections amendment. Even though legislators removed the part seizing the governor’s appointment power, it still gives all the elections appointments to legislators.
However the public votes on the amendments, it was refreshing in this age of polarization to see five governors of different parties unite on public policy.
“When people of both parties see something wrong,” Martin said, “you can get together and speak up and bring a united front to that particular cause.”