Texans have voted for their first Tea Party-backed Texas Supreme Court candidate, as John Devine handily defeated incumbent Justice David Medina in the July 31 Republican primary runoff.
Devine faces no Democratic opposition in the November general election for Place 4 on the high court. Devine, who served as judge of the 190th District Court in Harris County from 1995 until 2002, won 53 percent of the vote, defeating Medina, who has served on the high court since 2004 and received 47 percent of the vote.
Devine says he out-worked Medina by showing up at Republican and Tea Party-sponsored events across the state. “I’ve gone everywhere I’ve been invited and then some,” Devine says.
Medina and his campaign spokeswoman Cynthia Meyer each did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.
Devine is general counsel for Justice Media Lab, a high-tech company in Austin. He graduated from South Texas College of Law in 1986.
Devine, who drew attention as a trial court judge when he posted the Ten Commandments in his courtroom, says of the tea party, “I think I make a good fit there. I think I have universal support from the tea party,” Devine says. “Fidelity to the Constitution — that’s what they are interested,” Devine says of the tea party. “We hear a lot of candidates talk about that they are not going to legislate from the bench, but very few of them follow through it. I’ve had a history and proven background that demonstrates it.”
-- John Council