Friday, April 18, 2008

Grasping at Straws

This is getting to be embarrassing. Doesn't Mr. Macias see that?

I know Judge Clawson pretty well, I used to drink coffee with him every morning he would visit when I was in Bexar County. To be honest I couldn't think of a more honorable, equitable man I have ever met in my life. He epitomizes the very concept of Judge.

To attempt to recuse him seems ludicrous to me. Well, so does Mr. Macias's arguments to me, if the truth be told.

Macias seeks new judge to hear lawsuit
By Chris Cobb: The Herald-Zeitung

Nathan Macias’ contest of the March 4 Republican primary election results will head into a courtroom on Tuesday, but the state representative would like a different judge to preside over the hearing.Macias filed a lawsuit in late March to fight the results of the election and ensuing recount after narrowly losing to challenger Doug Miller by 17 votes.

On Tuesday, he filed an objection to having visiting District Judge James Clawson preside over the case, although Macias’ attorney Rene Diaz said both he and the campaign had no comment on why they chose to do so.Clawson has overseen numerous election contests in the past, including a mayoral race in Seguin in 2002. Macias’ lawsuit claimed that numerous people illegally voted in the primary.

Earlier in the week it was discovered that Macias’ chief of staff was among those listed in his suit as having potentially illegally voted. Officials from Miller’s campaign said they weren’t sure why Macias would object to having Clawson preside over the case.

“Macias has named all four local county election officials, more than 1,000 voters and even his own chief of staff as being part of some huge conspiracy that caused him to lose this election,” said Miller spokesman Craig Murphy in a Wednesday press release. “Now apparently the judge is in on it.”

The case is scheduled to be heard at 9 a.m., Tuesday in district court.