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Female Republican candidate hit with Democrat’s playbook attacks

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Seems to me the judge understands that both sides of the legal scale have to be respected.

The attacks against the judge in those ridiculous ads are rooted in some progressive fantasy that all we care about as females is the ability to have virtually unlimited access to abortion.

When I spoke with Carluccio in preparation for this column, she lamented how ironic it was that in order to be elected you needed to be on a “team” but then when you were on the bench, your obligation was to rule without putting your finger on the scales based upon party registration.

It’s a difficult tightrope to navigate, and this woman has done it with amazing grace for the past 14 years.

Carluccio was first elected to the bench in 2009 and was recently voted president judge of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas. She is the first woman to have been elevated to that position, and she won the support of Democrats and Republicans.

That’s because she hasn’t allowed politics to supplant jurisprudence. The Democrats who voted for her must have agreed.

And that brings me to the unfortunate situation in Delaware County, where the Democratic Committee has engaged in a repellent power move and refused to recommend three well-qualified Republican judges for retention.

Their attempts to prove that this has nothing at all to do with politics is laughable, and qualifies many of those Democrats to moonlight as comedy writers for “Saturday Night Live.”


It is unfortunate that judges need to run for office. In a better world, merit would be self-evident, without the gamesmanship.

In that world, Carluccio would be welcomed by everyone who shares the values instilled in her by her parents, an Irish mother and an Italian father who she credits with teaching her that three things matter above all: family, faith and doing the right thing, even when it’s the hardest of the alternatives.

But we live in the world of those half-truths, and the Old Boys and their complicit Old Girls have to push the party line to retain their oligarchical authority.

It’s bad enough when the focus is on legislatures and executives. It is dangerous when it involves the judiciary.


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Christine Flowers is an attorney and a columnist for the Delaware County Daily Times, and can be reached at

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