Sen. Williams gives LawReader a Sherman(esque) statement regarding Supreme Court vacancy.


By LawReader Senior Editor Stan Billingsley                         April 29, 2008

LawReader has received a number of inquiries about the possible intent of Sen. David Williams seeking to fill the vacancy on the Ky. Supreme Court.  The vacancy will be created on June 30th. upon the announced retirement of Chief Justice Lambert.  This question naturally grows out of the fact that Williams of Burkesville in Wayne County, like Lambert,  is a resident of the 3rd. Supreme Court District

In a LawReader interview we asked him if he had any interest in the Judicial post.
He gave us a statement in as firm a manner as did General William Tecumseh Sherman* when he was asked if he would run for the presidency:

Williams said : “I will not seek nor will I accept appointment to the Ky. Supreme Court “.  

We conclude from his statement, and from the tenor of his voice that he clearly intends to remain in the State Senate.

*Sherman(esque) statement” or “Sherman speech” is American political jargon for a clear and direct statement, by a potential candidate, indicating that he or she will not run for a particular elected position.
The term derives from the Sherman pledge, a remark made by American Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman when he was being considered as a possible Republican candidate for the presidential election of 1884. He declined, saying “If drafted, I will not run; if nominated, I will not accept; if elected, I will not serve.” – Wikipedia

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