Following our reportage, Monday, of the LA Times Judicial endorsements, comes this piece of news that may offer some comfort to those Deputy District Attorneys who were, perhaps, unjustly denied the Times endorsement in favor of Court Commissioners.
The Los Angeles Metropolitan News-Enterprise reported, Monday, that Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Mitchell Block is retiring next month. I'm sure we all thank Commissioner Block for his years of service, but that's not the story. Towards the end of the article, the Met News recounts that Block, a former DDA himself, was appointed as commissioner in 1988 and "sought election as a Superior Court judge in 1994. He was rated 'Well Qualified' by the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Judicial Elections Evaluation Committee, but lost the contest to Susan Bryant-Deason, then a deputy district attorney."
The phrase that comes to mind is that of campaign consultant David Gould, who recently told the Met News that "commissioners, in general, do not necessarily do very well against D.A.s."
Gould's remarks, coupled with Block's experience should provide some comfort to DDA Judicial candidates Amy Carter, Shannon Knight, Dayan Mathai, and Joan Chrostek, all of whom were denied endorsement by the Times in favor of three court commissioners and a former court referee.
Our promised piece on the remaining four DDA Judicial candidates also denied endorsement by the Times will appear Thursday.