A Politico review of the 75 judges Giuliani appointed to three of New York state’s lower courts found that Democrats outnumbered Republicans by more than 8 to 1. One of his appointments was an officer of the International Association of Lesbian and Gay Judges. Another ruled that the state law banning liquor sales on Sundays was unconstitutional because it was insufficiently secular.
A third, an abortion-rights supporter, later made it to the federal bench in part because New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer, a liberal Democrat, said he liked her ideology.
As with the stories on Romney’s embrace of pro-life policies, the focus on Giuliani’s judges is helpful to the mayor in the long run. The early digging on all of the major candidates (except Senator Obama) allows each of them to empty the attic and work Iowa, New Hampshire and the big states with a focus on the war.
Giuliani does need to respond in some detail to this story however, just as Romney did on life issues. When we discussed it on my radio show, he brought up Ted Olsen, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the former SG putting an op-ed into the Wall Street Journal on the subject soon. Next to the war, reliability on judicial appointments is the crucial issue for conservatives.