The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club. The first rule of campaigning for judicial posts in Illinois is that you “shall not: make pledges, promises, or commitments that are inconsistent with the impartial performance of the adjudicative duties of judicial office with respect to cases, controversies, or issues that are likely to come before the court.“
The Gun Violence Prevention PAC now touts their endorsements for the 2022 general election. Included among those are two candidates it endorses for the Illinois Supreme Court.
JUDGE ELIZABETH ROCHFORD
JUDGE MARY KAY O’BRIEN
What do these two candidates, including the obvious virtue signaling Judge O’Brien, have to do to gain the GPAC endorsement for the November 2022 election?
The G-PAC Board of Directors is proud to release its first round of endorsements leading up to the November 8, 2022 General Election.
To earn a gun safety endorsement, each candidate demonstrated strong support of the following policies:
Banning assault weapons
Banning large-capacity magazines (LCMs)
Making ghost guns illegal, which G-PAC and Giffords helped pass into law earlier this year
Funding community violence intervention programs
Funding a gun storage public awareness campaign
Each endorsed candidate supports our #1 legislative priority when the General Assembly is called into session: banning assault weapons and large-capacity magazines. These weapons of war have been shown to contribute to both city violence and mass shootings.
But the problem is this little thing called the Illinois Judicial Code of Conduct, Canon 4.
So, is GPAC lying about candidates “demonstrating strong support” for gun control measures? Or are the Dem candidates for the Illinois Supreme Court violating Canon 4 in that they “shall not: make pledges, promises, or commitments that are inconsistent with the impartial performance of the adjudicative duties of judicial office with respect to cases, controversies, or issues that are likely to come before the court.”?
So which is it?
Who would like to ask Judge Rochford and Judge O’Brien?
We would certainly like to know… And you should too.