TAMPA, FL – Ryan Torrens, Democratic candidate for Florida attorney general, has announced his fierce opposition to Governor Rick Scott’s attempt to pack the Florida Supreme Court.
Governor Scott has declared his intention to appoint successors to justices Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente, and Peggy Quince on his last day in office and the same day as our newly-elected governor will be sworn into office.
“In 2014, Florida voters had an opportunity to approve a constitutional amendment which would have permitted this practice, and our voters rejected it,” Torrens said. “Governor Scott needs to respect the wishes of Florida voters and permit our new governor to appoint the replacement justices. After all, a newly-elected governor better reflects the will of the people rather than a governor elected four years ago.”
The Florida League of Women Voters and Common Cause have filed a petition requesting the Florida Supreme Court block Governor Scott from appointing the justices’ replacements.
“I encourage the Florida Supreme Court to affirm the will of the voters and to find that this appointment power rests with the newly-elected governor, not the outgoing governor,” said Torrens.
“I also call on attorney general Bondi to take a stand against our governor’s attempt to pack our Supreme Court. We should rise above partisan politics and respect the wishes of our voters. When I am your attorney general, I will always fight for our people over entrenched special interests, even if that means standing up to our governor,” said Torrens.