State Supreme Court Candidates Graded on Ideological Scale
Yesterday, we described the scores of the Philly Mayoral candidates. As a reminder, each person is graded on a scale from 10L (most liberal) to 10C (most conservative).
The scores are compiled through examining the sources of money the candidate has received, the words the candidate has used and the votes the candidates have taken.
One important caveat: Three people that will be appearing on next Tuesday’s ballot (Kevin Dougherty, John Foradora, Michael George) are not included because Crowdpac didn’t have enough data on their donations to calculate a score.
The most intriguing finding concerning the GOP candidates is that one of them, specifically incumbent Supreme Court Justice Correale Stevens, lands (just barely) on the liberal side of the spectrum. Stevens receives a score of 0.6L.
In theory, this could help Justice Stevens in a general election. After all, most voters would probably want a sitting Justice to be as close to the ideological center as possible. Unfortunately for him, though, Republican voters are likely to want a conservative as their party’s nominee.
Next are Superior Court Judge Cheryl Allen and Commonwealth Court Judge Anne Covey, who both scored 3.7C. Superior Court Judge Judy Olson finished just ahead of them with 3.8C.
Montour County District Attorney scored the highest conservative rating, coming away with a 5.6C.
The PA GOP formally endorsed George, Olson and Covey back in January.
Meanwhile, over in the Democratic primary Superior Court Judge David Wecht stands at 3.4L.
His fellow Superior Court colleagues Christine Donohue and Anne Lazarus scored a 3.9L and 4.9L respectively.
Finally, Common Court Pleas Judge (and ex-Pittsburgh Steeler) received a 7.0L and wins the title of most liberal candidate in the field.
The PA Democratic Party is backing Kevin Dougherty and David Wecht. No other candidate received the requisite two-thirds threshold though Donohue ultimately finished third.