BY BUDDY NEVINS
Many in the courthouse believe it will be a good day when we can all call him former Judge Lee Seidman.
That day will be coming soon.
The beginning of the end came Friday for another controversial judge — Cheryl Aleman.
The state elections website indicates Aleman never filed for re-election, choosing to leave at the end of her term after the Holidays.
Aleman was publicly chastised by the Supreme Court for her ill treatment of lawyers in her courtroom. She was accused by some attorneys of arbitraty rulings, sometimes violating the rights of defendants.
It is the Aleman seat that Perlman and Seidman are vying for.
Seidman switched races at the last minute to run against Sandra Perlman. He had earlier filed to run against Circuit Judge Susan Lebow.
The change won’t matter. My crystal ball says he’ll lose.
My pals at JAAblog agree with my prediction.
Here are just some of the reasons Perlman wins:
(1) Perlman, a long-time public defender, is a favorite of the courthouse crowd. She’ll hold on to her contributions and get more as Seidman’s support withers.
(2) Perlman has been campaigning for almost a year. She is personable, attractive and makes a terrific short presentation, a speaking style honed during years of trial work.
(3) Perlman is a Democrat. Seidman was recommended by Republican insiders to be named to the bench by a Republican governor.
(4) Perlman is a female in a county where female candidates have a slight advantage, especially in down-ballot races where the voters know little about the candidates.
(5) Seidman’s campaign already has negatives. It is alleged he showed favoritism in court to a campaign contributor, an issue that has already been discussed in blogs. There is also an allegation that he used his taxpayer-paid judicial assistant to help in his campaign.
(6) Most of all, almost everybody I know in the legal profession believes Perlman will make a better judge.
That’s why many in the courthouse are pleading with Sandra: Keep campaigning hard, hard, hard through August 24 primary day.