by Max Brantley
Today, Senator Jason Rapert presented a resolution to the Legislative Council that Circuit Judge Chris Piazza abused his authority in ruling that Amendment 83 was unconstitutional. AANHR takes no position with respect to the merits of Judge Piazza's decision. However, AANHR wonders where the outrage was when Circuit Judge Mike Maggio, of Faulkner County in Senator Rapert's district, made derogatory comments on a blog regarding women, people of color and Arkansans in general. Where was Senator Rapert's outrage when evidence was presented that his predecessor in office, Gilbert Baker, orchestrated secret contributions from nursing home magnate Michael Morton to Judge Maggio's campaign while Judge Maggio was presiding over a lawsuit involving one of Mr. Morton's nursing homes? Where was the outrage by Senator Rapert when public records demonstrated that, while these secret contributions were being made, Judge Maggio ordered that the judgment entered against Mr. Morton's nursing home be reduced by four million dollars?
Did Senator Rapert take any action at all? No. Instead, Senator Rapert accepted campaign contributions from Mr. Morton and his companies. Senator Rapert makes it a point to vocally support people and issues that he holds dear.
AANHR urges Senator Rapert to stand up for the rights of our frail and elderly citizens who reside in the nursing homes throughout this state.
Arkansas Advocates for Nursing Home Residents