A couple of people have emailed in asking why we at Peach Pundit hate the guy. We absolutely do not. We just are mindful of the qualifications of Superior Court judges. We appreciate Michael coming on and making his case, but we think, and presume he now agrees, that he was mistaking in his reading of the qualifications.
I hope in 2010 he will run. In an email to the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers listserve yesterday, Michael re-interated he believes he was correct in his argument, but did not want to get bogged down trying to defend the argument and distract from the race.
We have not really mentioned Judge Flake, that he was running against. I’ve had a case before her before and found her to be extremely fair and decent, but I have also heard prior to my case before her and afterwards that she has a very high reversal rate, which is generally an indication that it’s worth challenging a judge (though beating an incumbent judge is very difficult).
In any event, we wish Michael Rothenberg our best and hope to see him run in two years.