Lawyers Who Know Them, Strongly Favor Hunstein Over Wiggins
[A poll of members of the State Bar of Georgia] reveals overwhelming support by lawyers, who say they know the candidates professionally, for Justice Carol Hunstein over challenger Mike Wiggins, a former Bush administration attorney.
Of the 4,500 bar members who answered the survey about Hunstein, 85 percent called her "well qualified."
Those 2,500 who replied that they knew Wiggins enough to have an opinion weren't so kind. Seventy percent categorized him as "not qualified."
Georgia State University law professor Neil Kinkopf suggest voters should rely heavily on the bar survey since learning about judicial candidates can be tough when they typically don't raise enough money for long TV campaigns.
"People who know the candidates are giving you some idea of their qualities, especially in a case of this sort where people don't have real access to the Supreme Court," he said.