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May 8, 2012
Morning Journal News


I find it curious that David Tobin would stoop to using his title as a former officer of the county courts in a letter to the editor harshly critical of our current state representative. Is this supposed to lend some special credence to Tobin's newfound political advocacy?

Of course, it is no surprise that David Tobin would be backing a liberal trial attorney like Nick Barborak for state representative. And certainly who would expect these two to favor tort reform? They are to the trial bar what Jesse James was to bank robbery.

In their world view, if somebody slips on a banana peal you sue the banana company. If somebody spills coffee on themselves - you sue the guy that made the coffee. Above all else, you go after the source with the deepest pockets, primarily to ensure a big fat contingency fee for that "public minded" attorney you know the one that is just looking out for "the little guy". Hogwash.

Let's not forget that it's the "little guy's" insurance premiums on his car, his home, and his healthcare that must necessarily go up year after year in order to cover the ever-rising cost of settlements and awards granted by liberal judges like David Tobin. This legal charade is already costing the nation hundreds of billions of dollars a year but that's not enough?

Three cheers to state Representative Crag Newbold for championing the relatively modest tort reforms that are contained in House Bill 275, a bill which would permit the timely settlement of lawsuits involving consumer sales practices while simultaneously providing appropriate caps on legal fees.

In this instance, it is Craig Newbold who is responsibly representing the citizens of this district, including "the little guy" who is all too often a mere pawn of the unscrupulous, greedy trial attorney. The very fact that the trial bar is at odds with this legislation tells us that Rep. Newbold is absolutely on the right track.

While liberals like David Tobin and Nick Barborak would love for this year's election to be all about class warfare, I predict it will be more about individual merit. On this count, Rep Newbold will fare very well.

David W. Johnson

County GOP chairman




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