Dan McCarthy. I even supported him in at least one of his two runs for Judge in 2007 and 2011. Voters did not. But pay no attention to the will of the people. "Reformer" Tom Wolf and Senate Republican and Democrat leaders have worked out a deal that removes the people from the equation completely, at least for now. Wolf has nominated 30 people to judicial vacancies.
McCarthy, already 68 years old, will only be able to serve two years.
He was at one time closely allied with Allentown Mayor Edwin "Fed Ed" Pawlowski, who is a target of a federal investigation into political corruption.
But that's not all. Here in the People's Republic of Northampton County, Wolf is appointing Alicia Zito, daughter of Northampton County Senior Judge Leonard Zito, to fill the vacancy created by the untimely death of Magisterial District Judge Todd Strohe.
Zito, former Chief Judicial Clerk to Superior Court Judge Jack Panella, was hired as a judicial law clerk in Northampton County last year. She is also married to First Assistant Public Defender Matt Goodrich.
Without question, both Zito and McCarthy are well qualified. But undeniably, they are insiders.
For the scandal-plagued state Supremes, it's another insider- Superior Court Judge Sallie Updyke Mundy. Once again, she is more than qualified. She recently penned an opinion affirming a five-year minimum sentence imposed on a woman who acted as a straw purchaser for several guns that ultimately found their way into the hands of a convicted felon. But she has married her way into a family that includes a prominent Scranton lawyer, former Luzerne County State Senator, former Luzerne County Commissioner and former Dem party boss.
I know there's a big movement to take judicial elections out of the hands of the voters and put them in the hands of our betters who know better. But as these most recent appointments prove, this just substitutes one form of politics for another.