Prominent Republicans hosted a fundraiser last week for Kurt Kuhn, Democratic nominee for Justice on the Third Court of Appeals. Former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Tom Phillips, former Justice Craig Enoch, and former Justice Scott Brister publicly endorsed Kuhn in July and were among the hosts for last week's event at the Headliners Club.
Former Chief Justice Phillips introduced Kuhn to the guests, remarking on the unusual nature of the occasion. “I'm sorry to say that it is considered newsworthy that we are here tonight endorsing the best qualified candidate. In every judicial race, we should endorse and support candidates based on their individual merit. There is no question that Kurt Kuhn is the best, most qualified candidate in this race.”
Former Justice Enoch echoed Phillips' remarks: “I've always said that one must support the best qualified person for the job. In this election, that person is undoubtedly Kurt Kuhn.”
Kuhn addressed the guests, noting his gratitude for the broad, bipartisan support his campaign has received. Kuhn said, “Our judicial elections have become too partisan. At the very least, it creates the perception among some people that our courts are not always impartial. It is important to me to seek bipartisan support. If I'm elected, I won't be a Democrat- I'll be a judge.”
Phillips closed his remarks by saying, “We should be grateful that Kurt is willing to take his considerable talent and energy and devote them to public service.”
Dubbed “Republicans and Independents for Kurt Kuhn,” the event was also hosted by prominent attorneys including former Texas Solicitor General Greg Coleman, Bruce Bennett of Cardwell, Hart & Bennett, L.L.P., and Pete Winstead of Winstead PC.
Chief Justice Phillips served on the Texas Supreme Court from 1988-2004. Justice Enoch served from 1993-2003, and Justice Brister served from 2003-2009.