DATELINE—Las Vegas, Nev. (Sept. 15, 2020)
Veterans In Politics International (VIPI) close observer of the judicial contest:
A humorous American proverb holds that—if it weren’t for (R) and (D) designations on the ballots—voters wouldn’t know how to vote! Predictably, year after year, American voters cast their votes based only on party affiliation—(R) or (D).
Political vs. Non-Political
Most election contests are “political,” featuring (R) and (D) candidates. However, some election contests are “non-partisan,” with no (R) and (D) parties. In Nevada, judicial elections must be “non-partisan”—with no (R) and (D) affiliations on the ballots.
Judges ‘n Politics Don’t Mix
State law provides that Nevada judges and judicial candidates “shall not publicly identify as a candidate of a political organization,” [Nevada Code of Judicial Conduct, Rule 4.1(A) (6)]. A judge’s political branding is forbidden because it shows “bias.”
The Nonpartisan Election Contest
As it turns out, the absence of (R) and (D) on the ballots confuses voters. With no (R) and (D) cues to guide them, voters don’t know which candidates to vote for.
In “non-political” elections, where no (R) and (D) choices appear on the ballots—how do voters know who to vote for? Well, with no (R) and (D) on the ballots, voters invariably turn to gender, race, and ethnicity—to determine “who” best represents their interests. After all, it’s only human to identify with one’s own “tribe,” which is defined chiefly by gender, race, and ethnicity.
Generally speaking, in “non-partisan” election races, the candidate’s gender, race, and ethnicity are the only remarkable attributes that candidates have to offer—because again—there are no (R) and (D) designations on the ballots.
Gender, Race, and Ethnicity
Almost universally—with no (R) and (D) choices on the ballots—a candidate’s race, gender and ethnicity are the sole influences that affect voters. A candidate’s first name typically reveals his or her sex, while the last name may suggest race or ethnicity.
The Voting Booth—Hotbed of Bigotry
The fact is, women voters will vote for candidates with female-sounding first names—and Hispanic voters will vote for candidates with Hispanic-sounding last names. Some last names—such as “Ford”—may be equally misconstrued by voters as either Black or White. So too, some candidates, with older-sounding names—such as “Ralph”—may be at a disadvantage against candidates with younger-sounding names—such as “Cody”—in voting districts with more youthful demographics.
In a judicial race with no (R) or (D) on the ballots—an attorney called Leticia “Letty” Gonzales—based only on her name—has a decided advantage running against an incumbent judge called William “Bill” MacGregor.
No Campaign Strategies
Where judges run in elections, there is no such thing as “strategy.” A candidates’ odds of winning are based only on their names—from which voters determine the candidate’s sex, race, and ethnicity—and thus how to cast their vote.
Again, judges may not affiliate with “politics,” and so, it begs the question: why do Clark County judges hire “political” consultants?—to remind candidates to not chew gum during TV interviews?—to write rousing stump speeches?—to compose catchy campaign jingles? Truth is, when it comes to “non-political” races, “political” consultants are entirely unnecessary.
Million Dollar Question
So, why do candidates hire “political” consultants in “non-political” races? Hmm? Obviously, they’re not giving “political” advice—so what on earth are these consultants doing to earn their exorbitant consulting fees?
Those who tout themselves as “political consultants” are, in fact, “fixers”—who work with incumbent judges—to “fix” the odds—i.e., to procure “friendly” campaign rivals—to ensure the incumbent coasts to smooth reelection.
Those who pretend to be “political consultants” are in fact buying and selling human beings and trafficking in votes. No better than common street finaglers, these so-called “political consultants” violate every precept of fundamental fairness—which Nevadans expect from the American system of free elections.
The shocking truth is that Clark County judges routinely conspire with retired attorneys—who pretend to be political “consultants,” but in reality, work behind the scenes—to procure ambitious young attorneys—to be “friendly” campaign rivals who gently compete with incumbent judges. Clark County voters believe, (and why wouldn’t they?), that all candidates are actually trying to “win”—but they’re not! In reality, some are trying to “lose!”
Eight Men Out
Attorneys who enter judicial races—with specific intent to lose—are no different than the eight Chicago White Sox ballplayers who deliberately lost the 1919 World Series. These ballplayers defrauded the public—by staging a rigged contest. The ballplayers accepted bribes from a “fixer,” Arnold Rothstein—head of a gambling syndicate—who paid the ballplayers in cash to throw the 1919 World Series. These eight ballplayers were ultimately banned from baseball.
Corruption’s Lasting Effects
In Clark County, judicial corruption disintegrates the very fabric of society and grinds civilization to a standstill. In Clark County, too many judicial contests are stained with judicial corruption—and some stains just don’t wash-out.
Where judges rig election, it creates bleak appearances of glaring improprieties, [NCJC, Canon No. 1]; further, it shows conduct “inconsistent with the integrity of the judiciary,” [NCJC, Canon No. 4]. In Clark County, this disquieting practice of judges systematically rigging elections is dizzying!—and all too commonplace. But it’s as old as the Crucifixion. And they really don’t even try to hide it…
Signs ‘n Wonders
A pall of corruption now hangs over Clark County courts. Too many Clark County judicial races are tainted by corruption—between incumbents, political consultants, and friendly campaign rivals—who conspire to defraud Clark County voters—whose votes essentially don’t count. When all’s said, it’s the voters who are cheated.
Pres. Trump and Gov. Sisolak now debate mail-in voting vs. traditional voting. Both sides—(R) and (D) — are furious! Each side contends their votes won’t count! But if voters knew the truth—about rigged judicial races in Clark County—they’d howl with fury!—because where judges rig elections—nobody’s vote counts!
S E R P I C O
Legendary New York City police officer, Frank Serpico, once testified that: “Police corruption cannot exist unless it is at least tolerated at higher levels in the department.” [New York Times, Dec. 15, 1971]. The same holds true for judicial corruption, i.e., judicial corruption cannot exist unless it is at least tolerated at higher levels in the judiciary.
A Change is Gonna Come
Where (R) and (D) parties compete in elections, we expect corruption—but not in judicial races!—not with officers of the court! Now is the time to effectuate change. It’s been a long, long time coming. But I know a change gonna’ come—oh yes it will! Just wait and see!
VIPI Round Table
The Veterans In Politics International will conduct its Judicial Round Table for “recommendations” on Wednesday, September 16th at 6 pm “Live-stream Facebook page: Judicial Court Watchdog group Veterans In Politics Foundation click onto the link: https://www.facebook.com/WARdeclaredonClarkCountyNevadaFamilyCourtSystem for the following judicial seats:
- Clark County Family Court
- Las Vegas Justice of the Peace
- North Las Vegas Justice of the Peace
- Nevada Appellate Court
- Nevada Supreme Court