Fighting Back. Hochul is digging in her heels in support of Hector LaSalle. She is unwavering in pursuing his nomination to be Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals. The Senate Judiciary Committee will conduct hearings on Wednesday. Already several Democrats have declares their opposition. It could die in committee and not advance to the Senate floor. Hochul could pursue the matter in the courts to force a vote. She is playing a dangerous game. She is burning important political capital in advance of the upcoming budget battle. Judge LaSalle deserves full consideration. He would be the first Latino to head the state’s highest court. The important Hispanic community is woefully underrepresented in statewide office. The Governor may turn to Republicans to salvage the nomination. Fighting Back. On this Martin Luther King Day we hope Judge LaSalle is given a fair chance !!