Governor’s Council, blamed by Romney for rejecting GOP judges, not viewed as partisan

During last night’s Republican presidential primary debate, Mitt Romney blamed an obscure pre-colonial body – the Massachusetts Governor’s Council – for his failure to appoint more conservative judges when he was governor.

The comment cast a rare light on the little-known elected body, but it offered a misleading take on the role of the governor’s council in vetting judges, according to several attorneys either involved in nominating process, or close observers of it.

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