The plant, a Montgomery County Rhododendron, ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate in 2012.
“After a year of wilting public confidence in the judicial system, it’s time to turn over a new leaf in our highest court,” Corbett said. “My nominee has a bumper crop of courtroom experience and won’t need to grow into the role; he’s ready to bloom.”
The plant spent 8 years in in the County Court offices in Norristown, primarily as decoration for the reception area but also occasionally in judicial chambers.
Democrats quickly criticized the choice.
“This administration is overgrown with cronyism,” said state Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montco). “It’s time to prune the patronage out of state courts.”
Orie Melvin was convicted in February of, get this, using taxpayer resources for campaign purposes.