TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Gov. Rick Scott appointed Robert Dees to the 4th Judicial Circuit on Friday, choosing the Jacksonville attorney from a list six nominees that included a Republican state lawmaker who had become the target of gun-rights groups.
Scott’s pick for the 4th Judicial Circuit — made up of Duval, Clay and Nassau counties — drew attention because influential National Rifle Association lobbyist Marion Hammer initiated a letter-writing campaign in opposition to Rep. Charles McBurney, R-Jacksonville, who had wanted the job as judge…”In a letter last month to NRA and Unified Sportsmen of Florida members, Hammer deemed McBurney “unfit” for a judgeship because, as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, he refused to move forward with a measure tied to the state’s “stand your ground” self-defense law during the legislative session that ended in March.
Florida Carry later urged its members to oppose McBurney.
As of Friday morning, the governor’s office had received 7,985 responses in opposition to McBurney and 134 in support, according to Scott’s aides. None of the five other nominees received any emails or letters in opposition.
I fear that sometimes we can be too jaded and think our lonesome contribution does not matter. In this case, 7,985 Floridians took the time to pen a quick note of disagreement and an undeserving politician will not be getting the cookie jar.
Every. Email. Matters.