Opinion #271 – 11/17/1972 (58-72)
judges, political activity
Topic: Judges; Partisan Politics
Digest: Improper for candidate for judicial office to agree with political organization as a condition to designation by its party not to seek nomination of another political party
Code: EC 8-6; Canon 8
Is it ethical for a prospective candidate for judicial office to enter into an agreement that the local county committee of a political party requires as a condition to the party’s designation or nomination of a candidate for judicial office that he will not seek the designation or nomination of any other political party?
In N.Y. State 250 (1972), it was held to be improper for a candidate for judicial office to agree with a political organization, as a condition to designation by its party, not to accept nomination by another political party.For the reasons set forth in that opinion, it is likewise improper for such a candidate to agree, as a condition to nomination, not to seek nomination by another political party. See also, EC 8-6; Canon 8.