Justice Yvette McGee Brown was endorsed yesterday by The Ohio Fraternal Order of Police over her opponent, and former police officer, Sharon Kennedy. From what we’ve heard, there really was no contest.

According to sources familiar with the FOP endorsement process, the screening committee was “unanimous in its recommendations for Justice McGee Brown”, and she won the delegate vote 317-1.

While Kennedy’s “not recommended” rating from Ohio Bar Association and her “lack of judicial experience” played a big role in the decision, it was her performance in the endorsement interview that seemed to seal her fate. Sources say Kennedy thought she could rely on her past law enforcement experience to win the endorsement but instead her behavior came across as “a naive attempt to convince police officers to support her.”

One FOP member put it this way: “while we appreciated Judge Kennedy’s past experience as a law enforcement officer, we were endorsing a candidate for the Ohio Supreme Court, not someone to have a couple of beers with and tell war stories. Justice Brown was clearly the best qualified.”

  • Tim Hunnicutt

    Anyone who knows anything about politics – knows Justice Brown was voted for, because of her political beliefs that benefit these civil servents, not because she was best qualified. Sharon Kennyedy focuses on what she should, up-holding the constitution of Ohio… yet all I see on Browns page is reteric …’vote for me because I’m Arican American and can bring “balance” to the system’ — well I for one am not interested in her agenda one way or the other… the job of a Supreme Justice is to up-hold the Ohio Constitution. Not use her potion to gain sympathy for her cause. My vote and my voice, will go to Sharon Kennedy…the canidate who can focus on her job!

  • So you’re saying the Ohio Bar Association – who has come out against Issue 2 and is clearly angling for favor with the Kasich administration – gave Kennedy a “not recommended” rating because they love labor unions and black people?

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