I was waiting for this to happen. McClatchy is reporting that supporters of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor are targeting the firefighter she ruled against in a now infamous discrimination case. Frank Ricci is a decorated, seventeen year firefighter from New Haven, Connecticut, and lead efforts to sue after the city threw out the results of a promotion test because those who scored well were white.
This is reminescent of the Joe the Plumber case, when Barack Obama supporters in Ohio illegally investigated a private citizen for daring to question the Democratic presidential candidate. It’s is part of a highly disturbing trend that will only sharpen as government increases in size and scope, and the fights to control it become ever more consequential and contentious.