. Arnold García, Judging from Local Race, It’s Politics as Usual, Austin American-Statesman, February 25, 2004.
Article reports that incumbent Texas Supreme Court Justice Steven
Wayne Smith was defeated in the Republican primary by his challenger, San Antonio appeals court Judge Paul Green, who received a “highly unusual anti- incumbent endorsement” by Gov. Rick Perry (R.). The governor’s endorsement of Green was seen as retribution for Justice Smith’s 2002 defeat of the governor’s appointee to the court. Justice Smith listed the governor’s endorsement as one of several factors working against him, but he declined to analyze the effect of the endorsement. Both candidates portrayed themselves as conservatives who, in Green’s words, “will not write law from the bench.” Judge Green faces no Democratic opponent and is assured of winning a seat in November. Pete Slover, Justice Smith Loses GOP Race, Dallas Morning News, March 10, 2004.