The Arkansas Republican Party this week had a party to celebrate the naming of state Party Chair Doyle Webb as general counsel for the Republican National Committee. On
Several who saw the picture noted in the background (far right in dark dress) a person who looks a lot like Supreme Court Justice Rhonda Wood. Judicial elections are non-partisan in Arkansas. But Wood has often aligned with Republicans. She’s used Mike Huckabee as a campaign
Wood didn’t directly respond to my question to affirm or deny her presence at the event, but she did respond to a question about the propriety of a Supreme Court justice attending such a partisan event.
Her response in full:
Cannon [sic] 4.1 Comment 6A
I was also fine with Arkansas Supreme Court Justices who attended Clinton and Obama inaugurations and receptions
The cited comment from the Code of Judicial Conduct comes in a portion of the rules meant to discourage direct connections between judges and political parties:
[6A] Judges, judicial candidates, and a judge-elect are permitted to attend or purchase tickets for dinners or other events sponsored by a political organization.