Rick Thompson & House Democrats Blocking New CourtRICK THOMPSON & HOUSE DEMOCRATS BLOCKING NEW COURT
State GOP Chair Says Liberal Democrats Beholden To Plaintiffs Lawyers
CHARLESTON, WV – Rick Thompson, the Gubernatorial hopeful who is the darling of the plaintiff’s bar, and the liberal Democrats serving in the House of Delegates have so far been successful in killing any hopes of an intermediate court of appeals by refusing to place the matter on the Legislative agenda.
“Rick Thompson and the liberal Democrats who control 65 of the 100 seats in the House are stopping any hopes of establishing an intermediate appellate court,” said Mike Stuart, Chairman of the West Virginia Republican Party. “The Democrats have refused to place the matter on the agenda so it can be debated by the members. Republicans support the new court but Thompson and his liberal caucus are blocking it.”
Stuart continued, “Thompson and the liberal House Democrats led the charge for an $85 million annual pay increase for government workers that could cost the people of West Virginia nearly $1 billion over the next ten years, but they refuse to support a new court that would cost a pittance and could change the perception of our business climate to create new jobs.”
“I find it curious that just last week Mike Romano, President of the falsely named Association for Justice, which is vehemently opposed to the creation of an intermediate appellate court, held a fundraiser for Rick Thompson for Governor in Harrison County,” said Stuart. “I wonder how many hundreds of thousands of campaign dollars the plaintiff’s attorneys are providing to Thompson this year? Thompson would be a home run for the trial attorneys.”
”Today, Thompson proposed a business court which is nothing more than a circuit court specializing in business matters. His proposal is pure smoke and mirrors. It is an appellate right that is essential to changing our lawsuit climate and the liberal Democrats are standing in the way,” Stuart said.
“Thompson and his liberal team of Democrats in the House need to be reminded that they work for the taxpayers and not the plaintiff’s bar. The people will send a loud message in the next election,” concluded Stuart.
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