Talk about the elephant in the China shop! The Summit County Republican Party, in peril of being swallowed whole by the Tea Party, is staging a desperate political charade to create a second juvenile court judge. Not that many people aside from the promoters like the idea. It's provisioned in the proposed Republican budget down in Columbus, which makes it newsworthy even though it's not likely to be seaworthy.
It is sponsored by State Rep. Anthony DeVitis, a Republican of Green; and co-sponsored by Rep. Marilyn Slaby, a Republican of Copley Township. They say the juvenile court system in the county is overworked and causing long delays. A second judge alongside Linda Tucci Teodosio, an elected Democrat, would expedite matters, which is one way at looking at justice. And, if as County Executive Russ Pry (Democrat) and others point out, the county budget is already so tight that it can't afford to have another mouth to feed in the courts, the Republican sponsors insist the problem could be resolved by laying off some magistrates who, quite likely, are Democrats.
In a bi-partisan vote, the Akron Bar Association unanimously passed a resolution opposing the packing of the courts. County council voted 9-2 against it, too, with the council's two Republicans, of course, supporting it.
Cautiously taking the safer ground, another area Republican, Sen. Frank LaRose, predictably told the Beacon Journal that he will withhold judgment until he gets more information.(A tactical response on Page 7 of the survival kit on expressing the need for more information.) And uncharacteristically, GOP chairman Alex Arshinkoff, who doubtless was in the thick of the process, withheld comment from the BJ.
It has been widely known for years and years and years that Arshinkoff has tested the soft spots in the judicial system to appoint his people to offices. It's his M.O.
Otherwise, the weather the past few days has been delightful.