- The Washington Times - Friday, October 24, 2003

Nobles: Calif. Attorney General Bill Lockyer, for breaking ranks and backing Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Everyone loves a winner — except the backers of the loser. A prominent, partisan Democrat, Mr. Lockyer had every reason to whine about a recall in which a Democratic governor was unseated and a Democratic candidate was defeated. Instead, he stunned a gathering of election analysts at Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies this week by announcing that he had voted for Mr. Schwarzenegger.

Many suggested that Mr. Lockyer is simply setting himself up for a run at the governor’s office in 2006. If so, the experienced politician has positioned himself poorly. According to a Los Angeles Times exit poll, about 23 percent of registered Democrats voted like Mr. Lockyer. If he runs in 2006, Mr. Lockyer will have to explain to a large plurality of primary voters why he went against them on an important question.

Mr. Lockyer didn’t have to say who he voted for. While there might have been suspicions, his silence would have been taken as tacit support for Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante. Instead, Mr. Lockyer’s statement aids a celebrity governor while standing in the way of his own ambitions.

For choosing Mr. Schwarzenegger and giving him a chance to govern, Mr. Lockyer is the Noble of the week.

Knaves: Former New Orleans State Judge Hunter King, for perjury with extreme prejudice.

Few of the facts in the case against Mr. King were in dispute. He admitted that he had sold tickets to a fund-raiser for his 2001 re-election campaign in flagrant violation of campaign rules. He admitted that he forced his employees to do the same, on pain of losing their jobs. He didn’t admit to firing his court reporter Barbara Wallace for failing to fill her ticket quota, but that became clear a bit later.

Unbeknownst to Mr. King, Ms. Wallace had recorded the meetings, and she sent the tapes to the state Judiciary Commission, which opened an investigation shortly afterwards. In response, Mr. King’s lawyer sent the commission a letter denying any wrongdoing and calling Ms. Wallace a “disgruntled employee.” A few months later, he gave commission a sworn statement insisting he had done no wrong.

He became contrite only after he was confronted with the tapes. This came a year after the investigation began, after he had lied to investigators in print and in person. One lawyer for the state Judiciary Commission said Mr. King lied under oath at least 18 times.

This week, his lies laid bare, Mr. King was formally disrobed by the state Supreme Court. By a 7 to 0 vote, it removed him from his judgement seat and barred him from running for any such office for five years.

Louisiana voters should never allow this lying Knave to approach the bench again.


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