Should Floridians vote to retain Carlos Muniz?
Bottom Line: Having completed the Florida Amendment Series, I’ve received numerous requests to address additional elections. I’ve long held a policy of not endorsing candidates, though I understand the importance of every election and the need for good information to make informed decisions. As a result, I’m expanding my coverage of elections – starting with a question all Floridians will be asked. Should we retain Carlos Muniz for Florida’s Supreme Court?
After being appointed to Florida’s Supreme Court by Governor DeSantis less than two years ago, Justice Muniz is running to retain his position. He was the third selection to Florida’s Supreme Court by Governor DeSantis in January of 2019. At the time of his nomination I had this to say about Carlos Muniz:
First, here’s a bit about his personal background:
- Born in Chicago, Illinois
- He’s married and a father
- His children are home schooled
- Graduated with a B.A. from the University of Virginia and obtained his law degree from Yale
- Was the Editor of the Yale Law Journal
- Member of the Federalist Society
- Served as a Civil Rights Analyst for the Department of Justice
- Has served as a policy director for the Republican Party of Florida
- Volunteers/supports the Open Door’s Women’s clinic in Tallahassee (pro-life pregnancy center)
And his professional background:
- Served as Counsel to Governor Jeb Bush
- Was General Counsel to the Florida Department of Financial Services
- Was the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Florida House of Representatives
- Was Florida’s Deputy Attorney General and Chief of Staff
- Was Partner and Senior Vice President of the McGuire Woods Consulting
- Served as General Counsel for the US Department of Education (appointed by President Trump)
Carlos practiced about every kind of law including...
- Civil Litigation
- Entertainment, Arts and Sports
You might have picked up on his role advising the Republican Party previously along with homeschooling and his work within the pro-life community. Carlos Muniz can probably be best described as a rock-solid conservative. Since assuming the court his stock in conservative/originalist circles has only risen. Notably, like another DeSantis Supreme Court pick Barbara Lagoa, he’s on President Trump’s list of potential United States Supreme Court judges. If you believe in originalists on the court – Muniz is your clear choice. One might imagine that a state Supreme court Justice being considered for the United States Supreme Court has effectively carried out their duties. That’s the case with Justice Muniz. I recommend a Yes vote to retain Carlos Muniz.