Gov. Council Member: Patrick Using ‘Quotas’ To Fill SJC

BOSTON (CBS) – A member of the Governor’s Council doesn’t like what Governor Deval Patrick is doing with the Supreme Judicial Court.

Councilor Charles Cipollini of Fall River told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Wednesday that the governor is catering to certain groups through his diverse appointments.

“I believe he’s probably using a quota system. He’s probably picking from the various groups,” Cipollini said.  “He hasn’t picked one from ‘family values.’ Maybe he’s not a ‘family values’ person. I guess he’s not.”

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Jon Maclean talks to Cipollini

Cipollini points out that since November, the governor has nominated a black chief justice and an Asian associate justice and now he’s picked Barbara Lenk, a gay woman, to fill the latest vacancy.

Cipollini claims Patrick has “stacked” the high court for the next several years “with progressives or liberals.”

“The Supreme Judicial Court is going to be stacked. These people don’t retire until they’re 70,” Cipollini said.

The governor’s office has not responded yet to Cipollini’s comments.

  • Michael E. Harvey

    So Mr. Cipollini, black and Asian people have no family values?

  • jzsmith1965

    poor charlie the governor isnt picking white guys for the jsc oh the horror of it all someone call marsha it must be racism

  • docnifty

    Wow. Just…wow. This guy is an elected representative? Not exactly a Mensa member here. Get over it buddy — the world is changing around you and your whiteness, maleness and straightness (all of which traits I share with him, by the way).

    I would like to know what exactly is it about a PhD from Yale, a JD from Harvard, and an impeccable and measured two decades on the bench that suggests that Judge Lenk is somehow not qualified to serve on the SJC?

  • Denise

    Wow – does the guy have a white pointy hat too?

    • Cynic

      People that disagree with Denise have White Pointy hats.

  • Cynic

    The people in Iowa have the right idea. When the Judges didn’t follow the peoples wishes they were defeated at the polls.Governors councelors are ELECTED. Pay attention to how they vote and send them a message.The 175,000 voters that were blown off by the Politicians should have the opportunity to right that wrong now.175,000 votes could make a big difference. LET THE PEOPLE DECIDE.

  • Cynic

    In the meantime…Call the State House,Get the Phone Numbers for ALL the Councellors……175,000 calls should give them the message.

  • Cynic

    Unlike SJC Justices(?),Governors Councellors CAN be held accountable.LET THE PEOPLE DECIDE.

  • Cipollini: Patrick using “quota” system

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  • Denise

    What are you talking about Cynic? They guy has issues w/ the diversity of the choices being made.. And if he doesn’t then maybe he should choose his words more carefully! What’s wrong w/ someone being black, asian and/or gay? Does he believe only White Men can do or should do the job? Believe me I have no problem w/ people and their opinion as I have many of my own… but they aren’t usually based on race or sexual preference!

    • Cynic

      Of course you have no problem with the opinions of others.
      It’s just that anyone that doesn’t share yours wears a white pointy hat.

  • Cynic

    Why doesn’t WBZ allow comments that don’t agree with Denise?

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