DeSantis pressures judicial advisory panel to add candidate.
Governor engaged in grossly unethical behavior.
Recently, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office took the unusual step of instructing a judicial advisory panel to add Tesha Ballou, originally deemed unqualified, to a list of candidates for a vacant state judicial post.
This is an appalling precedent to set and severely undermines the public’s trust in DeSantis.
Our country’s government was built on a system of checks and balances so one leg of government would not become too powerful. DeSantis, who eventually appointed Ballou to a circuit judgeship in Brevard County, has taken the dangerous step of tipping the balance in his favor.
Additionally, DeSantis has set a precedent that he can be politically influenced by the rich and powerful. We expect the governor to work for all citizens, yet we are not naive enough to know that is happening. Nevertheless, to blatantly flaunt such disregard for established norms and ethical behavior is not what voters expect from their governor.
DeSantis appointment antics cast a pall over the judiciary. Will residents of Brevard County feel they have been cheated? Remember, Ballou was not selected for the short list for a reason. Four other appointees deemed more qualified were passed over due to political chicanery. This judicial circuit and Ballou, for right or wrong, now have a cloud of doubt hanging over their heads. It is unfair to the judges and to the residents.
DeSantis has made several sound decisions since taking office, but all it takes is one blunder to throw all the good will he’s fostered out the window.
In our opinion, the sash has been thrown open.
DeSantis should step away from the window.