A California State Supreme Court Justice is stepping down from his position after landing a cushy new D.C job.
Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar has been tapped to become the new president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, The Associated Press reported.
This will give Gov. Gavin Newsom, who just survived his own recall election, the opportunity to appoint a new justice to the court.
Newsom “looks forward to considering several highly qualified candidates” his office said in a statement congratulating the justice on his new position.
He said he will choose “from a broad, experienced pool of candidates that reflects all aspects of the state’s diversity – a core tenet the administration works to advance at all levels of state government.”
Some said they were surprised that the justice would leave his position to take on this new post.
“I think it probably took most people by surprise that (Cuéllar) would leave the court, and for a think tank,” David Ettinger, an attorney who pens a blog about the California Supreme Court said. “Maybe that’s because of his academic background that he feels he can make more of a difference that way than as a member of the court.”
He said he believes that Gov. Newsom will appoint a Hispanic judge, “someone who’s both Latinx and a sitting (appeals court) judge currently.”
He said that he believed that the justice’s announcement coming after the recall election won by Gov. Newsom was not a coincidence.