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Former State Rep. Rick Green is running for the State Supreme Court.

While in the House from 1998 to 2002, Green drew fire for using his Capitol office as the backdrop for a health supplement infomercial. He also came under scrutiny for successfully arguing before the parole board for early release of a man convicted of defrauding investors (who just happened to have loaned $400,000 to Green’s father’s company); allegedly pressuring the state health department on behalf of ephedrine maker Metabolife International, one of his law firm’s clients; and squeezing lobbyists to pony up at a fundraiser for a private foundation he started. He made Texas Monthly’s list of the 10 worst legislators.

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Green, a lawyer, has worked with the Aledo-based group WallBuilders, whose founder David Barton says the Founding Fathers did not intend for there to be a formal separation of church and state.

(Link added by me.) So he’s a religious wacko with ethics problems. Throw in a sex scandal, and he’d be the perfect distillation of your modern Republican Party. He’s running for Position 3, the bench vacated by Harriet O’Neill, for those of you who may be inclined to vote on the GOP side of the street in March.

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