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Kudos to Christie for breaching the status quo

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      Kellyanne Conway

      Kellyanne Conway

      Kellyanne Elizabeth Conway is CEO and President of the polling company™, inc. a privately-held, woman-owned corporation founded in 1995. The firm is headquartered in Washington, DC and maintains an office in New York City. Mrs. Conway is one of the most quoted and noted pollsters on the national scene.

      Among her accomplishments, she was recognized as the most accurate predictor of the 2004 elections and received The Washington Post’s “Crystal Ball” award and co-author of WHAT WOMEN REALLY WANT: How American Women Are Quietly Erasing Political, Racial, Class, and Religious Lines to Change the Way We Live (Free Press, 2005). The book has met with critical acclaim for its ability to distill complex data into memorable message points, acronyms, and phrases.

      Throughout her 20-year qualitative and quantitative research career, Kellyanne has provided primary research and advice for clients in 46 of the 50 states and has directed hundreds of demographic and attitudinal survey projects for statewide and congressional political races, trade associations, and Fortune 100 companies. A professionally trained moderator, Kellyanne has personally directed more than 300 focus groups and other qualitative discussions. Clients have included Lifetime Television, The Heritage Foundation, Major League Baseball, The Federalist Society, Coalition of Community Pharmacists Association, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Mass Connections, American Express, ABC News, and the U.S. Department of Labor.

      A “fully-recovered” attorney, Kellyanne is admitted to practice law in four jurisdictions (Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia). She has practiced law, clerked for a judge in Washington, DC and for four years, was an adjunct professor at George Washington University Law Center. Kellyanne is a magna cum laude graduate of Trinity College, Washington, D.C., where she earned a B.A. in Political Science, studied at Oxford University, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She holds a law degree, with honors, from George Washington University Law Center.

      Kellyanne has provided commentary on over 1,000 television shows on ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, HBO, Comedy Central, MTV and the Fox News Channel, and countless radio shows and print stories. Kellyanne has been profiled in over a dozen magazines, newspapers, and television programs. Her polling data and op-eds have been published by The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The New York Post, The Washington Times, USA Today, National Review, Human Events, Investors’ Business Daily, and Campaigns and Elections.

      She is the Editor and Publisher of WomanTrends Online, a web-based publication that provides the latest news on a multitude of current and prospective lifestyle, financial, health, ethnic, work, entertainment, green, technological, and generational trends, which are influencing and influenced by consumer attitudes and behaviors. WomanTrend, a division of the polling company, inc., analyzes over 50 national and international publications and compiles the findings into WomanTrends Online.

      She is a board member of the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute, the National Journalism Center, the National Women’s History Museum, and Men Against Breast Cancer and past member of the University of San Francisco School of Business Advisory Council. Mrs. Conway retains memberships in the American Association of Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) and the Qualitative Research Consultants Association (QRCA).

      Kellyanne (formerly “Fitzpatrick”) is a native of South Jersey. She is married to George T. Conway III and they have four children.

As a candidate last fall for the New Jersey governorship he now holds, Republican Chris Christie vowed that if elected: “I will remake the court and I will remake it in this one simple principle. If you [want to] legislate [then] run for the Legislature, don’t put on a black robe and go to the Supreme Court and there won’t be any justices that I either reappoint or put on that court that do that.”

Just four months into the job, Christie made good on his promise. This week he broke ranks with 63 consecutive years of meaningless precedent by being the first governor to deny tenure to a sitting judge. In replacing a seven-year incumbent with a woman 17 years his junior, Christie made clear this was neither personal nor political, saying it “is not a commentary on Justice [John] Wallace [the man denied tenure]” but rather “a fulfillment of my promise to turn the court away from its history of using legal precedent to set social and tax policies in our state.”

Indeed, the New Jersey Supreme Court has a long record of ignoring the Constitution and the elected branches, choosing instead to make the state’s policy up as it goes. For instance, in two landmark decisions, Abbott and Mount Laurel, the Court has dictated how the state must spend money for its schools, and forced local governments to build low-income housing. By inventing laws rather than interpreting them, the New Jersey Supreme Court has been complicit in creating the multi-billion-dollar deficit disaster that is ravaging the state.

New Jersey and Maine are the only states in the U.S. where the governor has the authority to appoint and reappoint justices to its highest courts. (Most states rely on a “merit selection” or elections to choose their state Supreme Court justices). This is an awesome responsibility subject to abuse, cronyism and inertia.

Christie has replaced the rubber stamp of past governors and dusted off the scales of justice. It’s about time. Surveys show that only 5 percent of New Jerseyans could name any of the justices on their state’s highest court and a solid majority admits that they do not know much about the Court or its rulings. Still, they are far more certain about the qualities such justices should possess. New Jerseyans tell pollsters that a potential Justice’s “record of interpreting the law as it is written in past rulings” is important and they prefer a jurist who omits his or her personal viewpoints from due deliberation and decision-making.

The Democrat-controlled New Jersey state Senate has shown its hand, all but admitting that they view the judiciary as an extension of the Legislature rather than its check and balance. They threaten to deny Christie’s appointee, attorney Anne M. Patterson, a confirmation hearing. New Jerseyans should revolt. Politics may no longer stop at the water’s edge, but it ought to stop at the courtroom door.

Kellyanne Conway is President of the polling company(TM) and an attorney licensed in New Jersey.

  • libertyatstake

    When is 2012 gonna be here?

    http://libertyatstake.blogspot.com/
    [For a light hearted take on our present peril]

  • seanes

    Sign me up to vote for this guy. If he actually does what he says and the skeletons in his closet are not to bad I would vote for him just on principle!!!!