In the race for the Texas Supreme Court, place 5, there is an ongoing debate about the challenge that Rick Green is making against Paul Green.
According to an account by Empower Texans, “Rick Green has been endorsed by most conservative grassroots groups in the state, including Texas Right to Life and the Texas Home School Association [sic]. Rick has been a practicing attorney for 19 years with both large (Loeffler, Jonas, & Tuggey) and small (Eggleston, Flowers, & King) firms. He’s also served as in house counsel, and done transactional work, as well as serving as a mediator and arbitrator.” I think it’s reasonable to call Rick Green the anti-establishment candidate, but is he also conservative?
The same article says, “Paul Green has served on the high court for more than a decade, and developed a strong reputation as a serious and competent jurist. Paul Green has received endorsements from the usual players in the legal and business communities around the state. Texans for Lawsuit Reform and other incumbent-friendly interests are standing with Paul Green, seeing a reliable and predictable conservative jurist.” I think it’s also reasonable to call Paul Green the establishment candidate, but what is a “conservative jurist?”
The Heritage Alliance, a national conservative organization and the developer of iVoterguide, has released its seven-point rating scale from “very liberal” to “very conservative” on each of the contested races in the Republican Primary in Texas. It gives us a clue in this race on the Texas Supreme Court when it rates Paul Green as “Conservative” and Rick Green as “Very Conservative.” You can view all its race ratings here.
So what accounts for the difference that Rick Green is very conservative and Paul Green is just conservative? My analysis determines it relates to social issues. Paul Green is known as what I would refer to as a “big business” conservative, meaning he is focused on issues that are important to the business community but not so much on social issues like life, religious liberty, traditional marriage, home schooling, and parental rights. We are seeing this play out in other very conservative parts of the country, as is well documented by The Heritage Foundation.
In fact, a former supreme court justice who knows both of the candidates well told me as much when he said that “Rick would be better on social issues.” Rick Green is not only conservative on economic issues but also on the issues that are vitally important to a vast number citizens, including home schoolers.
Which brings me to the question that some have raised regarding the recent case before the Texas Supreme Court on the same-sex divorce issue. Rick has made clear that he would have voted with the minority in that case to support the traditional view of marriage. Based on this position some have called Rick a “judicial activist,” which is curious because these same folks support Justice Eva Guzman in her reelection and she too was part of the minority in that case; however, none of them are labeling her a “judicial activist.”
That leads me to this conclusion. Many of those opposing Rick Green and supporting Paul Green are simply supporting the established incumbent and must consider economic issues more important than critical issues like religious liberty, parental rights, and home schooling. I could not disagree more and that is why I and THSC proudly support Rick Green for the Texas Supreme Court.
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