February 24, 2020
This may be a first for me, but I’m full of surprises these days. I don’t typically announce endorsements in the good old Watson Wire. But, as they say, we live in extraordinary times and I feel extraordinarily strong about a pretty extraordinary candidate and office holder.
The Honorable (and I mean that sincerely) Tim Sulak is in his tenth year as Judge of the 353rd District Court here in Travis County. He and I have known each other since way back in the 1980’s. I thought the world of him that far back. The guy was a good lawyer. Really good. But more importantly, he was (and is still) a really good person. I remember thinking back then how I wish more people cared as much as he did and then would put that compassion to work the way he did.
Judge Sulak is an exemplary judge. Every two years, the Austin Bar Association asks its members who go into the courtrooms to rate the judges. So those who know—those who practice in front of the judges—from federal court to Justice of the Peace—get to grade the folks who wear the fancy robes. In the past three surveys, more attorneys rated Judge Sulak excellent in each and every category—hard work, impartiality, correct application of the law, temperament, and overall quality. That’s high praise from the folks who know.
Reelecting a great judge and great person ought to be enough. I probably could end there. But, sadly, there’s more.
Tim has a Democratic Primary opponent. I’m just going to say it out loud: his opponent shouldn’t be a judge. As an attorney, she’s been sanctioned at least four times for harassing her neighbors with frivolous lawsuits. A federal and a state judge have declared her to be a “vexatious litigant” (Yeah, I know, only lawyers would use the word “vexatious”). She’s not allowed to file any more cases on her own behalf in any state or county court in Texas without first receiving the permission of the local administrative judge. U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman said it well. He said, “Connor’s extensive and meritless litigation history against Defendants and other Lost Creek directors indicates a commitment to use the courts as a weapon of harassment against them.”Our state district courts handle a wide variety of matters from commercial litigation to family-law matters involving child custody. Beyond that, because Travis County is the seat of state government, our district courts, including the 353rd, handle most appeals of state regulatory decisions and many involving the constitutionality of state laws. We need our state district judges to be knowledgeable, hard-working and fair. The last thing we need is a judge who has a history of using the courts “as a weapon of harassment.”
The stakes are high. We’re literally talking about our justice system and justice. Please dig down about 2/3 of the way on your lengthy primary ballot and vote for Tim Sulak so that he can serve us for another four years.
Early voting ends Friday, and election day is Tuesday, March 3. Please vote.
Thank you, thank you, thank you
So, I made a little news last week. The support, friendship and love that I felt from so many of you was overwhelming. As I’ve said many times, when we hit town back almost 40 years ago, the people of this place embraced us and lifted us up. Last week was no different. I love the people of Austin and Central Texas. Thanks for it all.