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Barber: 'West Wing' cast reunion spices up Michigan Supreme Court election
Do voters ever know anything about judicial candidates? Probably not, which may explain why there's such a high ballot drop-off for these races.
But voters in Michigan are learning at least one thing about a candidate there for state supreme court -- that her sister was on "The West Wing."
Much of the cast has reunited for a four-minute campaign ad ostensibly about the problem of undervoting for judges, but they manage to drop in a few glowing words about candidate Bridget Mary McCormack -- and her sister. Mary McCormack played Kate Harper on the show, and Mary, says Harper in the ad, is "delightful, whip-smart ... and possibly hot."
Gee, I guess her sister would be a great judge then!
Hard to say what effect this will have on the judiciary in the Wolverine State, but most fans of the show will get a kick out of seeing the old gang back together again, walking and talking just like always.
This is a corrected version. At first, with the sisters' name similarity and that trademark "West Wing" rapid-fire dialogue, I thought they were saying the judicial candidate was the delightful, hot one.
See the video below: