Arnie Klein

I met judicial candidate Arnie Klein at an event to launch the League of Young Voters’ video voters’ guide, which exists for those of you who are too illiterate to read any of the regular voters’ guides.

Arnie struck me as a very old-school Pittsburgh political animal. His campaign motto, “It’s Time for Klein!”, reflects the within-the-democratic-establishment understanding that judgeships on the court of common pleas exist to reward people who have dedicated a certain number of years to the party. In fact, the first thing that he told me was endorsed by the party (hint to Arnie: that does not favorably impress everyone). He was also handing out campaign emory boards, formerly a popular judicial campaign give-away, but an item I have not seen for proably fifteen years.

His website indicates that he is “Recommended” by the county bar, a faint praise designed to be damning: you have to be an incredible moron to be judged “not qualified.” On the other hand, his website indicates that he is “Chair of Reverse Raffle at Temple Emanuel in Mount Lebanon.” I don’t know what a reverse raffle is (maybe you bring prizes and are given a ticket in return?), but I am sure that running it requires fair mindedness, good judgement, and statutory knowledge.

Other lesson from this experience: the camera on my new cell phone stinks.

1 Comment so far

  1. a dem with a brain (unregistered) on April 3rd, 2007 @ 4:49 pm

    It is not rime for Arnie Klein. I too have been approached by Arnie Klein – who told me about his endorsements and then told me “it was his turn” WHAT!!! Please this is not the line for the swings at the playground. This is an election, the best candidates win, it is not based on turns. While Mr. Klein is a nice person who I think has good intentions, I would feel much better about voting for someone who told me something about why he would be a good judge.

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